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:

  • Revitalization of Pine Avenue Through Historic Preservation
  • California Heights 2013 Home and Garden Tour
  • Message from the President, Melinda Roney
  • A Landmark Duplex
  • What’s Up at the Bembridge House
  • Wagon Wheel BBQ
  • Membership Report — June 1, 2013
  • A Great Success: The 2013 Great Homes Tour
  • Revitalization of Pine Avenue
  • Still a Few Remaining Seats at the Hollywood Bowl
  • A Day at the Races
  • Annual Meeting July 28

Revitalization of Pine Avenue Through Historic Preservation

Revitalization of Pine

By Louise Ivers

On a recent stroll down Pine Avenue, at one time the foremost shopping area in Long Beach, I saw signs of revitalization under way. In the 1960s, stores began to either close or move to suburban shopping centers. By the late 1970s, an ill-conceived mall, that did not even last 20 years, was envisioned as a centerpiece for downtown, and many early buildings by renowned local architects were demolished to make way for it. In the 1980s some restorations of remaining historic structures took place, but these were haphazard and the wrecker’s ball continued to fall on Pine Avenue. After the recession of 2008, numerous vacancies could be seen again on the street, but lately the situation seems to be turning around again. Once moribund building fronts are either bustling with activity or shrouded in green mesh, indicating restoration under way. In the stretch of Pine between 7th Street and Broadway, a number of major projects are visible. These include: the Masonic Temple; Press-Telegram building; Meeker- Baker block; Rowan-Bradley building; Lerner Shops women’s clothing store; and Newberry’s five and dime store. Most of the facades of these structures are being restored to their original aspects, while their interiors are being modernized...

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Annual Meeting Reminder

The Long Beach Heritage Annual Meeting is going to take place on the Queen Mary on July 28 at 2:00 p.m., so make sure to mark your calendars. Attendees must r.s.v.p. at least one week before the event in order to be on the list for admission. Please call (562)493-7019 to make your reservations. Parking will be validated. We will hear about preservation efforts on the historic ship and take a tour after the installation of the 2013–2014 Board of Directors. The accompanying photo of the Observation Bar at the Queen Mary portrays the restoration of the light fixtures, door, urns, and columns.