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Insurance Exchange Building

Insurance Exchange Building

With its pastel colors and decorative friezes The Insurance Exchange Building stands in striking contrast to its neighbors on Long Beach’s Promenade and is immediately recognized as a historical gem. It was designed in 1924 by architect Harvey H Lochridge and originally known as the Middoughs’ Mens’ and Boys’ Shop, named after the Middough brothers […]

Historical Long Beach | Kress Building

Location: 100 W 5th St Date: 1923; 1995 Architect: Thomas Franklin Power, Interstices Adjacent: Walker Dept Store (that’s Doma!)Art collector Samuel H. Kress revolutionized shopping as we know it when he introduced the idea of selling goods at inexpensive prices. The Kress Building on Pine Ave in Long Beach was the 152nd store in the […]

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Historical Long Beach | Municipal Auditorium

Did you know that an enormous sandstone building used to sit near the Long Beach shore?! If you weren’t in Long Beach in or before 1975, when the Municipal Auditorium was demolished, then you might not be aware of it’s existence at all. Today, the Convention Center and Pacific Terrance Theater stand in its place. […]


Historical Long Beach | The Broadlind Hotel

Located in the East Village Arts District in Downtown Long Beach, the Broadlind Hotel sits on the corner of, guess where— Broadway and Linden! The architecture team Piper & Kahrs designed the hotel in 1928, the same year that the Lafayette Hotel across the street and the Villa Riviera on Ocean were built (just in time, […]

Historical Long Beach | Pyramid, CSULB

Yes, Long Beach has it’s very own pyramid, and it’s blue! If you haven’t seen the stunning pyramid, head over to the north side of the California State University Long Beach campus to walk around it, or visit a 49er basketball or volleyball game to view it from the inside.What makes the pyramid especially unique […]

Rose Towers

1728 E. 3rd St.Rose Towers, originally known as El Cordova Apartments, was built in 1928 by George D. Riddle and sits adjacent to Grace United Methodist Church, Better Home Electrical, and the Ebell Club and Theater. Riddle designed several other courtyard apartment complexes in Long Beach, all with the same Spanish Revival style.Spanish Revival courtyard […]

The Bembridge House

Bembridge Heritage Homesite
 953 Park Circle Drive, Long Beach California Click here for an area map and directions to the Bembridge Heritage Homesite.   In the Drake Park, Willmore City Historic District of Long Beach California    photo by jclauni at zenfolio.comWhat you need to know: Built in 1906, constructed in Queen Anne Victorian style, and originally […]

Villa Riviera

Villa Riviera 800 East Ocean Blvd Long Beach, CA 90802To me, Villa Riviera is the most recognizable building in Long Beach, and after  having lived across the street from this building, I can personally attest to its beauty close-up. Built in 1929 by architect Richard D. King, Villa Riviera’s architectural style is considered Tutor Gothic, […]

Insurance Exchange Bldg

The Insurance Exchange Building

In 1924, architect Harvey H. Lockridge designed The Insurance Exchange, known then as The Middough Building. Adorned with an intricate terracotta façade of sea serpents, flowers, and children at play, the 8-story Beaux Arts building was one of the largest commercial buildings in Downtown Long Beach when it opened in 1925. Middough’s Men’s and Boy’s […]

The Raymond House

The Raymond House

The Raymond home was constructed in 1918 by New York born architect, Irving J. Gill. Though many of his projects were based in San Diego, The Raymond House is one of the few remaining architectural structures that Gill built in Long Beach that remains intact.The home is consistent with all of Irving J. Gill’s work […]

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