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In this Issue:

  • Stellar Slate of Award Winners
  • A Craftsman Educational Event at the Reeve/Townsend House
  • Wilson Students Tackle Collaborative Parks Survey
  • Workshop for LB Heritage Members
  • Volunteer Spotlight: Elisa Trujillo
  • Volunteers Needed for LBH Walking Tours
  • Save the Date! New North Pine Walking Tour
  • Stellar Slate of Award Winners
  • Bembridge News
  • Bembridge House’s “BBQ & Band” Was a Blast!
  • Membership Report: December 2015 

Stellar Slate of Award Winners

Stellar State of Award Winners

By Louise Ivers

On February 25 Long Beach Heritage will hold its annual Awards Banquet at the Queen Mary. The Banquet is our major fund raising effort each year, so be sure to make your reservations soon. In addition to Preservationist of the Year, one special award and seven restoration/rehabilitation awards will be presented at this gala event. All of these individuals and projects were nominated by LBH members and carefully selected for their merit. 

A member of the Long Beach Cultural Heritage Commission, locally based general contractor and construction manage Jan Van Dijs, is the Preservationist of the Year. One of Jan’s most visible historic restorations is the Ebell Club at the southeast corner of Cerritos Avenue and Third Street, a Spanish Revival building constructed in 1924 and adaptively reused as loft residences. Another highly successful project is the restoration of the Art Theater marquise on East Fourth Street near Cherry Avenue to its 1947 Streamline Moderne appearance. His company recently completed the adaptive reuse of the 1905 Psychic Temple/American Hotel at 224 East Broadway and is presently working on the conversion of the former Southern California Edison building at the northeast corner of Long Beach Boulevard and First Street into lofts. Jan Van Dijs has made a number of significant contributions to the preservation of the urban fabric of Long Beach, particularly in the downtown and East Village areas of the city. He always researches the historical elements of each building he restores and, if they are damaged, meticulously recreates... Click Here to Read the Full Article.