Download the PDF

In this Issue:

  • FLY DC JETS SIGN TO BECOME LOCAL LANDMARK
  • HOT CHA CAFÉ RENOVATED AND READY FOR LEASING
  • Volunteers of the Year
  • What's Up at the Bembridge House
  • Assistance League Art Collection
  • Bembridge House Volunteer of the Year
  • SAVE THE DATES: Two Victorian Christmas Tours at the Bembridge House
  • Wilson Architecture Students Present Survey at MOLAA
  • Cultural Heritage Commission Retreat
  • North Pine Ave Walking Tour
  • Membership Report September 2016
  • Mid-Century Modern Home Tour to be Held By California State University Long Beach

 

FLY DC JETS SIGN TO BECOME LOCAL LANDMARK

Car Dealerships with Heritage in Long Beach

Photo By Louise Ivers

 

By Louise Ivers

The Cultural Heritage Commission approved the nomination of the Fly DC Jets sign atop the former Douglas Aircraft building at 3860 North Lakewood Boulevard on August 8. This structure, which was originally a hangar used for DC-8 production, was planned in 1956 and was dedicated in 1957. The exact date of the sign remains unknown, but it was probably put in place around the same time as the completion of the building. The CHC forwarded the nomination to the City Council, which will soon vote on the matter. Douglas Aircraft (later McDonnell- Douglas and more recently Boeing) opened its rst plant in Long Beach in 1941 to manufacture DC-3 transport planes and B-17 bombers for use in World War II. Thousands of defense workers came to the city during the war and continued to make their homes here afterwards. Douglas was one of the major employers in Long Beach for many years, until recently, when the last aircraft rolled o the production line in 2015. Sares Regis Group of Irvine purchased the old hangar, which was vacated in 2006, and leased it to Mercedes-Benz. The owner continues to maintain the iconic sign... Click Here to Read the Full Article.