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MID-CENTURY MODERN FIRST METHODIST CHURCH FACING DEMOLITION SOON

First Methodist Church Long Beach
By Louise Ivers

The First Methodist Church and Education buildings at the northwest corner of Pacific Avenue and Fifth Street are surrounded by the green fence of destruction and will soon be replaced by a mixed-use structure containing stores and condominiums. Designed by noted Long Beach architect, Kenneth S. Wing, the Sunday school building was constructed at 507 Pacific Avenue in 1958. The Press-Telegram described it as “contemporary in design” and “constructed of aluminum, glass walls, tile and face brick.” The façade of this two-story building has alternating bands of blue porcelain coated metal panels and glass windows, interspersed with tan brick walls. A canopy is cantilevered over the entrance.

It is unfortunate the old Methodist Church at 501 Pacific Avenue of 1909 by Los Angeles architect Norman Marsh was badly damaged in the 1933 earthquake and its stone veneered walls were subsequently covered with stucco. Kenneth Wing, who was a member of the congregation, drew plans for a new sanctuary in 1958, but actual construction was delayed until 1970. The church has a large, distinctive gable, blue tiled roof, and tan brick walls that... Click Here to Read the Full Article.