Bembridge Heritage Homesite
953 Park Circle Drive, Long Beach California
In the Drake Park, Willmore City Historic District of Long Beach California
photo by jclauni at zenfolio.com
What you need to know:
- Built in 1906, constructed in Queen Anne Victorian style, and originally owned by Stephen Green, one of the founders of City National Bank
- Came to be owned by Dorothy Rankin Bembridge in 1919, thus the name. Today the house is in almost pristine condition and contains original furnishings dating from the early 1900s.
- The house is a highly ornate example of Victorian architecture. Examples include a steep gable roof, hexagonal tower crowned by a conical roof, paired ionic columns supporting the porch, and the ornate frieze of floral designs that runs underneath the porch eave (to name a few).
- There are 18 rooms and four bathrooms (all original to the house). The master bedroom still has the original gas-electric chandelier.
- On the property is a two-story carriage house with a hay loft and hay chute.
“The mansion was constructed during a decade in which the population expanded by 600% and the local economy boomed. Its construction overlapped that of the luxurious Virginia Hotel on Ocean Boulevard and other early mansions, such as the Jotham Bixby residence on Ocean Boulevard and Magnolia, which has not survived.” Long Beach Heritage
Bembridge House Tours:
The Bembridge House is open most Tuesday afternoons and the fourth Saturday of each month from 1:00 to 4:00 for docent led tours. Tours are offered at 1:30 and at 2:30. Reservations are $5 and may be made through PayPal. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
For tickets visit http://www.lbheritage.org/index.php/brembridge-house
Tuesday Tours: $5 per person
Any Tuesday unless otherwise noted except during December when tours are $10. Reservations for Holiday tours may be made under “Victorian Christmas”. There will be no tours December 3rd, as the house will be closed for decorating.
Photos from lbheritage.org, gazettes.com, pleasenotepaper.com, and limlight.com
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