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 began in September 2018 and the mural will remain in storage until a new location is found.
Eldridge Combs Office Building
The Elridge Combs Office Building, as well as the former Hof’s Hut Restaurant on the adjacent parcel, were both designed by master architect Edward Killingsworth in the 1960s. Both properties were recently sold to a new owner and alterations to both properties will soon be approved. Advocacy efforts have resulted in a compatible design that retains many character-defining features, but notable alterations are expected to convert the former Combs building to a dental office. More than 1,200 people petitioned last year to restore the Killingsworth restaurant design, which was a beloved local establishment for decades, but the new restaurant that occupies the space is not required to follow historic guidelines.