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In this Issue:

  • Port of Long Beach Administrative Building
  • The Meeker-Baker Building
  • Message from the President, Melinda Roney
  • Peppertree Court Grand Opening July 15th: Great Gatsby Garden Party at the Bembridge House
  • Historic District Leaders Meeting
  • History of the Navy Trust
  • 14th Annual “Dinner at Casa Alegre”
  • Modifications to Older Churches in Long Beach
  • Big Lots: Mid-Century Modern Architecture
  • Annual Meeting
  • An Update on the Queen Mary
  • Long Beach Navy Memorial Heritage Association Awards Nearly $180,000 to Local Historic Projects
  • Rattlesnakes, Resorts and Railroad… Brighton Beach
  • Long Beach Schools at a Crossroads
  • Membership Report — June 1, 2012

 

Port of Long Beach Administrative Building

By Louise Ivers

Port of Long Beach Administrative Building

In March 2012 the Long Beach Heritage Advocacy Committee became aware that the Port of Long Beach Headquarters/Administration Building was in danger of being demolished. This structure at 925 Harbor Plaza Drive was designed by Warren Dedrick and James Friend in 1958-59. The building has a distinctive, curved, yellow ocher ceramic tile façade and a wonderful mural executed in the same material portraying shipping in Long Beach from the discovery of California through the mid-twentieth century. This art work was designed by Sheridan Stanton and Paul Souza and produced by Gladding McBean. The interior contains original furniture and “sputnik” light fixtures.

In November 2008 the POLB published a Mitigation, Monitoring and Reporting Program and LBH is concerned about whether the port officials are adhering to this document. Newspaper articles indicate that the port administration prefers vacating its present building, but the environmentally preferred alternative listed in the Environmental Impact Report is to retrofit and expand the existing POLB headquarters. A press-release dated April 23, 2012 states, “The Port’s current building on Harbor Plaza built in 1959 no longer meets...Click Here to Read the Full Article.