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 Clothing Store occupied the first level, while office spaces were leased on the upper floors. The building also featured a rooftop gymnasium with spectacular views of Downtown Long Beach.
Today, traces of Middough’s signage can still be seen on the building’s brick exterior. Now home to a mix of restaurants and nightclubs on the ground floor, the upper units have been converted to contemporary residential lofts.
Located at 207 E Broadway, Downtown Long Beach.
THE WALKER BUILDING
The Walker’s Department Store building, located at 401-423 Pine Ave., is a unique blend of Renaissance Revival and Art Deco architectural styles. Built in 1929 and designed by the firm Meyer and Holler (the same architects who designed the Grauman Chinese and Egyptian theaters in Hollywood), it combined the tradition and stability of historicism with the fresh daring of the new modern style.
Named for Ralf H. Walker’s department store which occupied the building from 1933 until 1979, the Walker was converted into residential in the early 2000s and now boasts 39 loft condominiums, seven two-story penthouses and ground level commercial space.
Located at 115 W 4th Street, Downtown Long Beach.
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