Long Beach Heritage is a nonprofit education and advocacy group promoting public knowledge and preservation of significant historical and architectural resources, neighborhoods, and the cultural heritage of Long Beach.

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In this Issue:

  • 2013 Annual Awards Benefit
  • Visit to the Port of long Beach Administration Building
  • What’s up at the Bembridge House
  • Message from the President, Melinda Roney
  • General Meeting on January 27
  • September 29 Historic District leaders Meeting
  • The future of the fly DC Jets Sign
  • Long Beach Schools at a Historic Crossroads
  • Upcoming Event: A Day at the Races
  • Membership Report — December 2012

2013 Annual Awards Benefit

By Louise Ivers

The Penn House

Every year Long Beach Heritage celebrates preservationists and the structures that they have saved from ruin at our Awards Benefit banquet, our major fund raiser held aboard the historic Queen Mary. This gala event will take place on February 21 and we have a number of outstanding awardees whose achievements will be portrayed in word and picture after we dine on fine cuisine amidst splendid Art Deco surroundings. Before dinner we will have a silent auction offering a variety of items, from scrumptious restaurant meals to antique objets d’art. Invitations with more details about the event will be mailed to all LBH members, but make sure to mark the date on your calendars.

PAUL TAY

Paul Edward Tay, AIA, who opened a studio in Long Beach in 1956 and designed many buildings here before moving to Mendocino in 1971, will receive an award for excellence in architecture. He is noted for his stellar Mid-Century Modern residential designs and his distinctive office and compound of 1961 on Crest Drive. Tay’s grandparents settled in Long Beach in 1901, but he was born in Pomona in 1924. Tay became i n te re s te d i n a rc h itecture in 1939, when he designed a home for his grandmother, and graduated cum laude from the University of California in 1950. T h e m o s t p o w e r f u l influence on Paul Tay’s work was Frank Lloyd Wright. He and his fellow students visited Wright’s studio at Taliesin West in Scottsdale in 1949. He also admired Philip Johnson’s Glass House, constructed in 1949 in New Canaan, which was totally stripped of ornament, unlike Wright’s work. After graduation from USC, Tay...Click Here to Read the Full Article.