iversbookcoverh2 Dr. Louise H. Ivers' long-awaited book, Long Beach: A History through its Architecture, is now available. Beautifully composed, the book describes the development of the city's built environment using 492 black and white images including contemporary and archival photos, vintage print advertising and drawings.

The book can be purchased for $30 at the Historical Society of Long Beach.

lb-art-decoImages of America : Long Beach Art Deco
by Suzanne Tarbell Cooper, John Thomas, J. Christopher Launi

Chicago : Arcadia Pub., c2006.
ISBN: 0738546704 Series: Images of America (Available at the Long Beach Library)

Description: 127 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Commercial buildings -- Residential -- Entertainment -- Theatres -- Public Buildings -- Schools -- Preservation in Long Beach.

Summary: Art Deco made its formal appearance in Paris at the 1925 L'Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, a showcase for art, architecture, and design that promoted progress, modernity, and the present. The greatest export from this exhibition was a style that has since been recognized as one of the great design movements of the 20th century. Because of the unique factors that shaped the history of Long Beach, the city has many commercial buildings from the 1920s and 1930s. Long Beach architecture was also shaped by the earthquake of 1933. The Art Deco style, in addition to being fashionably modern in 1933, met the criteria of earthquake safety, and many new structures showed its influence. The authors used the archives of the Long Beach Library, the Long Beach Historical Society, and Long Beach Heritage as well as an extensive collection of architectural photographs from J. Christopher Launi. Added Authors: Thomas, John W. and Launi, J. Christopher.