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The Port of Long Beach Administration Building

Architect Warren Dedrick designed the Port of Long Beach Administration Building, completed in 1959, and it served as the headquarters of port activity until 2014. The building will soon be demolished with a replacement project yet to be approved. Long Beach Heritage has been working with the Port for several years to relocate the ceramic tile mural, created by artist Paul Souza for Gladding McBean, on the primary facade of the building. Removal of the tile was completed in October 2018 and the mural will remain in storage until a new location is secured.

Photo credit: Louise Ivers

Former Parsonage of the First Congressional Church

The former parsonage of the First Congressional Church, formerly located at 640 Pacific Avenue since 1927, was moved in a fourth time in November 2018 survived three prior moves and recently completed a fourth to make way for a new residential complex by Holland Partner Group. The Queen Anne Victorian cottage was built in 1887 and is listed as a local landmark. It is now located on West 10th Street in the Willmore City Historic District and will undergo rehabilitation.

Photo by Sarah Locke

Eldridge Combs Office Building

The Elridge Combs Office Building (4241 Long Beach Boulevard) and the former Hof’s Hut Restaurant on the adjacent parcel were designed by master architect Edward Killingsworth in the 1960s. Both properties were recently sold to a new owner and advocacy efforts produced a compatible design that aimed to retain many character-defining features, though notable alterations are expected to convert the former Combs building to a dental office.

 

Photo by Sarah Locke

Hof’s Hut Bixby Knolls

Hof’s Hut was a fixture in Bixby Knolls for 55 years, but Hof’s Hospitality Group decided to permanently vacate the leased building after a fire in 2015. More than 1,300 people signed a petition to encourage restoration of the modern restaurant designed by master architect Edward Killingsworth. The building was sold and the City of Long Beach diligently worked with the new owner to produce an updated restaurant design that was sensitive to the original building. In October 2017, demolition work exceeded the approved plans and a stop-work order was issued.

 

Photo credit: Christopher Launi

The City of Long Beach has been working with stakeholders to revise guidelines for local historic districts. The public comment period ended in May 2018 and updated guidelines are being released individually for each district. Design guidelines for California Heights Historic District were adopted at the November 2018 Cultural Heritage Commission meeting.