Preservation In Action

Restoration of First Congregational Church with John Fidler

First Congregational Church in downtown Long Beach has served the greater Long Beach community for more than 100 years. It is the oldest standing church structure in the city and one of the city’s oldest congregations. The terra cotta and brick building with distinctive stained glass and leaded windows was intended to stand “as a tower of faith in the heart of the city”. It has served its purpose well throughout the decades since those words were spoken at the 1914 dedication. 

Drawing courtesy of John Fidler

Technical preservation specialist John Fidler will present an update on the $2 million restoration currently underway to restore the building after a century of ocean air and Los Angeles pollution has taken its toll on the lead in the windows, the beautiful and unique brickwork, and the decorative terra cotta.

Long Beach Heritage members, the First Congregational Church congregation, and all community members are invited to this special event on November 10, 2019.

  • 11:30am Light refreshments and brief tours

  • 12:00pm Presentation by John Fidler

  • 1:15pm Q&A This event is free and open to the public.

Donations will benefit the fund to restore First Congregational Church. Become a member of Long Beach Heritage to support advocacy for historic places and educational events like this one.