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In this Issue:

  • TRAGIC FIRE DESTROYS HISTORIC SOUTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD DEPOT
  • 2017 AWARDS BENEFIT AT THE QUEEN MARY ON FEBRUARY 23
  • Seaport Marina Hotel Faces Wrecking Ball Again
  • 2017 Preservationist of the Year
  • Making Victorian Christmas Happen at the Bembridge House (in color!)
  • LBH Conducts Special Downtown Walking Tour for Rotary Club
  • The Thrill of It All
  • LBH Calendar

 

TRAGIC FIRE DESTROYS HISTORIC SOUTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD DEPOT

Pacific Depot Fire

Photo By Louise Ivers

 

By Louise Ivers

On September 16, 2016 a terrible fire of unknown origin destroyed the historic Southern Pacific Railroad station, which was originally located at 225 West Broadway in the downtown area. Built in 1906 and probably designed by Southern Pacific architect, Daniel Patterson, the Mission Revival style depot was one of the few structures from the early twentieth century remaining in Long Beach. It had distinctive arched openings and a tower topped by a tile roof. In 1936, the building was moved to 1475 San Francisco Avenue and became a city chemical laboratory. The depot was moved again in February 2015 to the Willow Springs Park near California Avenue and 27th Street and was going to be refurbished as a visitor center. It was vacant and had neither electrical nor gas connections at the time of the fire. The old Southern Pacific Railroad station was reduced to a pile of rubble which was removed immediately from the site. ... Click Here to Read the Full Article.