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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 housing flourished in the 1920s largely because of the interchange of ideas between movie-set construction and architecture, creating a sense of romanticism and nostalgia of the mission-rancho heritage. In addition, it was common for young architects during this time to travel to the Andalusia region of Spain, which further reinforced Spanish style architecture in Southern California.

Part of the beauty of this 20 unit building is that it’s two wings are symmetrical, and the apartments face inward, making the lush courtyard the focal point of the property and giving residents an escape from the nearby street.  Quaint concrete path cuts through the center of the yard, culminating in a titled fountain set into a wall. The wall is connected to a rear terrace that is accessed by twin stairs on either side of the fountain.

Unique architectural features include exterior stairways, wood balconies with turned posts, wrought iron balconies, cantilevered second stories with embellished corbels, recessed entryways, pointed and parabolic arches, inset wood-casement windows, and multicolor title accents on the stair and window areas.

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