Long Beach Architecture Week (LBAW) announces its 2024 return and will host another event series  from May 29 to June 9, 2024. Featuring a collection of new programs centered on the past, present, and future  of Long Beach’s architectural gems, the 2024 calendar also includes signature events back by popular demand. Celebrating unique and diverse histories through a series of tours, events and educational  opportunities, there is something for everyone to enjoy at LBAW 2024. 

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Preservation Awards Luncheon 05.29 @ 11am

Long Beach Heritage Invites you to come celebrate this year’s Preservation Award winners at a special luncheon held in their honor in the lovely Peppertree Court at the historic Bembridge House. A silent auction will be held prior to the luncheon.

Peppertree Court is ADA accessible.

$95.00$5.00

Fox West Coast Theatre: Take a peek behind the curtain with Ron Mahan - 05/30 @ 5:15pm

The Historical Society of Long Beach will host Board Member Ron Mahan's program about the Long Beach Fox West Coast Theatre.

The program includes a brief video about the history of the American movie theater from nickelodeons to movie palaces. The presentation explores many rare and never publicly seen photos and architectural drawings of Long Beach neighborhood movie theatres, including one of Southern California's grandest and biggest movie palaces, the Fox West Coast Theatre. A Q&A with theater historian Ron Mahan will follow. Attendees will be seated in the Anderson Braude Gallery at HSLB, located in Bixby Knolls at the site of the former Harris Furs building.

Light refreshments will be served.

Photo via: LosAngelesTheatres.com

$25.00$2.99

Cooper Arms 100th Anniversary Party - 06.01 @ 6pm

The Historic Cooper Arms is turning 100! Come celebrate this milestone at the kick-off event to Long Beach Architecture Week 2024 on June 1st from 6pm -10pm. This 1920’s themed event will include a tour of the property, period themed entertainment, food and beverages from Modica’s Restaurant, a 28-year tenant of the Cooper Arms and three art exhibitions by renowned photographer, George Derr and local Long Beach artists Michele Rene and LaJon Miller. Several residential units will be open for viewing as part of the tour, so you can experience what it’s like to live in a 100-year-old building. Dress like it’s the 20’s! The 1920’s! Hope to see you on the red carpet.

$69.00$4.99

Residential Living in the Roaring Twenties #1 - 06.2 @ 10am

Step back in time to experience the lives and lifestyles of those who would call Long Beach home in the 1920s. Oil field workers, shipyard workers, filmmakers, and wealthy seasonal visitors all lived and worked side by side in the East Village of 1920s Long Beach. Join us for a rarely offered tour of the Lafayette Hotel, Campbell Building, Metropolitan Hotel, Broadlind Hotel and their interiors.

ACCESSIBILITY
While the street level parts of the tour are ADA accessible, only the Lafayette, International Building, and Campbell Buildings are ADA accessible.

$45.00$3.49

Residential Living in the Roaring Twenties #2 - 06.2 @ 3pm

Step back in time to experience the lives and lifestyles of those who would call Long Beach home in the 1920s. Oil field workers, shipyard workers, filmmakers, and wealthy seasonal visitors all lived and worked side by side in the East Village of 1920s Long Beach. Join us for a rarely offered tour of the Lafayette Hotel, Campbell Building, Metropolitan Hotel, Broadlind Hotel and their interiors.

ACCESSIBILITY
While the street level parts of the tour are ADA accessible, only the Lafayette, International Building, and Campbell Buildings are ADA accessible.

$45.00$3.49

Art Deco and Streamline Moderne Double-Decker Bus Tour #1 - 06.04 @ 12pm

Join noted Art Deco Expert, Author and Art Deco Historic Preservation Consultant John Thomas on a bus tour of Downtown Long Beach. The city is rich with many buildings of Art Deco and Streamline Moderne style from the 1920s and early 1930s, just as there are in many cities across the country. What makes Long Beach unique is the city suffered a devastating earthquake in 1933, a tragedy in which many buildings were lost. Through extensive federal funding, some of which came through the Works Project Administration, the city undertook one of the most expansive building campaigns in its history and Art Deco and Streamline Moderne became the primary styles of architecture to rebuild the city. The styles are reflected in both private and public buildings, including the main post office, schools and hospitals. This very special Art Deco Bus Tour will examine of the finest examples of the styles in the city. Downtown Long Beach will never look the same to you again!

On bus refreshments will be provided. Space is limited!

Tour Location and parking information will be provided through email to ticket purchasers.
Accessibility: While participants in the tour are seated during the tour, access is limited for this tour. The vintage buses have tight and steep access to open top seating. Wheelchair access is not available on this tour.

Photo Credit: image courtesy of Christopher Launi.

$75.00$3.49

Architectural Walking Tour: Historic Contributions to today’s Downtown Character - 06.04 @ 4pm

After learning Lincoln Park’s history since it was designated in 1880 and the design features of the modern park dedicated in 2022, participants will take a half mile walk by buildings that survived our 1933 earthquake (and didn’t), the corner of “Bitter and Sweet”, a 466,000 piece tile mural, and end with a tour of the historic Masonic Temple (Downtown’s oldest building) before enjoying a nosh session at the Altar Society.

$50.00$3.99

Premier T.H.U.M.S. Islands Boat Tour #1 - 06.05 @ 9am (Sold Out)

Premier T.H.U.M.S. Islands Boat Tour
Wednesday June 5, 2024 @ 9:00am-12:00pm

Join CSULB Assistant Professor of Art, Brian Trimble and the staff from the City of Long Beach Energy Resources Department for a talk on the design of T.H.U.M.S. Islands and an exclusive boat tour around the Islands (the tour does not include a walking tour on any of the islands).The tour talk will begin at the architecture firm Studio 111 and will include extensive discussion on the history and development of the islands designed by noted landscape architect, Joseph Linesch, famed horticulturalist Morgan (Bill) Evans, famous for his work for Disneyland, and important modernist sculptor Herbert Goldman.

An extraordinary partnership of industry, art and design, T.H.U.M.S. Islands have been iconic fixture of Long Beach since their construction. In 1965, T.H.U.M.S. hired Linesch & Reynolds Landscape Architects to design four oil drilling platforms along the Long Beach coast. Joseph Linesch served at the primary designer. The four islands (originally named Alfa, Bravo, Charlie, and Delta) were realized between 1965 and 1967. The islands were renamed Chaffee, Freeman, Grissom, and White to honor the astronauts lost in the Apollo space program.

Linesch and Evans, utilized an extraordinary range of plantings and water features in combination with structures designed by Goldman to mask both the visual and sound impact of the industrial sites. What they realized through this partnership was a playful reflection of Long Beach’s mid-century urban landscape located just across the bay.

Space is Limited!

Tour Location and parking information will be provided through email to ticket purchasers.

Accessibility: Because of the nature of the industrial site of the boat dock and the challenges of the boats, this tour has limited accessibility. There is no wheelchair accessibility.

$70.00$4.99Sold Out

Exploring Grey with a Splash of Color - 06.05 @ 6pm

Join us for a unique hybrid event that includes a tour of the Award Winning newly restored First Church of Christ Science building designed by celebrated Southern California Architect Elmer Grey and a fun exploration of historic color from noted color expert, Sara McLean. Wine and lite hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Be one of the first in the city to tour the newly restored First Church of Christ Science designed in the Classical Revival Style in 1913 by acclaimed California Architect Elmer Grey. Co-Owner and COO Vijay Goel will lead the tour and discuss the architect, the history of the building and the restoration process that has just earned a 2024 Long Beach Heritage Preservation Award for Adaptive Reuse. Vijay and his wife, Chef Elizabeth Goel who co-own Bite Catering Couture have restored the structure and are reopening it as a landmark event venue, 440 Elm.

After the tour, enjoy a glass of wine while color expert Sara Mclean leads us through the story of historic 20th century color trend from 1900 to the 1970s and the human patterns, behaviors, events and attitudes that shaped them. You may be interested in the color palette Elmer Grey used in his First Church of Christ Science or maybe the origins of the psychedelic colors of the 1960s. Or maybe you just want to know why your parents’ 1970s kitchen was avocado green. Join us for Sara’s talk and find out.

Elmer Grey, FAIA (April 29, 1872 November 14, 1963) was a Los Angeles based architect who designed significant buildings across Southern California right after the turn of the twentieth century as the population exploded in California. He is considered one of the pivotal architects in Los Angeles during that period. Early in his career in California he partnered with another noted architect, Myron Hunt, to realize such notable works as the Huntington mansion in San Marino, Throop College (California Institute of Technology) and Occidental College. After the dissolution of his partnership with Hunt around 1911, Grey went on to design the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Pasadena Playhouse and three Churches of Christ Science, including 440 Elm. Grey was also noted for his domestic architecture. He designed in a variety of architectural styles including Beaux Arts, Arts & Crafts, Mission Revival, English Tudor and Classical Revival.

Sara McLean has spent her entire career in the fields of interior design, marketing and color. For many years she was the Color Marketing Manager, editor and Color Stylist at Dunn-Edwards Corporation where she focused on color creation, public relations, marketing and project management. Sara created the annual Color of the Year and Trends programs for Dunn-Edwards and developed and curated the Then, Now & Forever® collection, a series of both historically-accurate colors and contemporary colors. As a color expert and stylist, Sara has started a new blog, Indigo & Honeycomb COLOR LAB and has recently published her first book, Chromatic Chronicles: My Journey Through the World of Color, available on Amazon. Books will be available at the event for purchase.

$20.00$2.99

Civic Center Walking Tour - 06.06 @ 10am

Participants will enjoy a brief historic slide review of Long Beach’s continuously evolving City Center since its incorporation in 1897 followed by a walking tour through the library to see a range of sustainable design strategies that contributed to LEED platinum certification. Participants will then walk through newly designed Lincoln Park and over to tour the two gleaming 11-story glass-and-steel LEED Gold Certified structures that comprise the Long Beach City Hall and Port of Long Beach Administration Building campus, completed in 2019. First District Councilwoman Mary Zendejas will lead the group through City Hall and Council chambers. Port Officials will showcase the Port Administration building.

$50.00$3.99

Long Beach Scottish Rite Tour 06.07 @ 10am

Take a rare step inside the historic Long Beach Scottish Rite Masonic Temple with our building's first walking tour and theatre drop show. With nearly 100 years of history there is plenty to see, from gilded ceilings, iconic artifacts from American history and the oldest elevator on land that long beach has to offer.

The tour will conclude in the Ernest Borgnine Theatre, where you'll be treated to seeing our best scenic drops. These hand painted 40-foot backdrops were crafted in a style that has been nearly forgotten. a perfect tour for history and theatre buffs alike

$45.00$3.99

Long Beach Scottish Rite Tour 06.07 @ 3pm

Take a rare step inside the historic Long Beach Scottish Rite Masonic Temple with our building's first walking tour and theatre drop show. With nearly 100 years of history there is plenty to see, from gilded ceilings, iconic artifacts from American history and the oldest elevator on land that long beach has to offer.

The tour will conclude in the Ernest Borgnine Theatre, where you'll be treated to seeing our best scenic drops. These hand painted 40-foot backdrops were crafted in a style that has been nearly forgotten. a perfect tour for history and theatre buffs alike

$45.00$3.99

Residential Living in the Roaring Twenties #3 - 06.08 @ 3pm

Step back in time to experience the lives and lifestyles of those who would call Long Beach home in the 1920s. Oil field workers, shipyard workers, filmmakers, and wealthy seasonal visitors all lived and worked side by side in the East Village of 1920s Long Beach. Join us for a rarely offered tour of the Lafayette Hotel, Campbell Building, Metropolitan Hotel, Broadlind Hotel and their interiors.

ACCESSIBILITY
While the street level parts of the tour are ADA accessible, only the Lafayette, International Building, and Campbell Buildings are ADA accessible.

$45.00$3.49

Select Great Homes Tour - 06.09 @ 12pm

Select Great Homes Tour 06/9 12 3 pm

Experience the diverse architecture of Long Beach with a tour of some excellent examples of Craftsman, Spanish Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival and A Newly Rediscovered Killingsworth Mid-Century Modern home.
These architectural gems will take you back to 1913 and on up to 1958.
The homes have been lovingly furnished with antique and/or period appropriate pieces, some of which are totally one of a kind.
The unique original features of the homes demonstrate the craftsmanship of bygone eras such as intricate mouldings, leaded glass windows, ornate murals, charming tiled fireplaces, and even a milk door or two.

The houses have steps and/or stairs and may not be ADA accessible.

$50.00$4.00

Rancho Los Cerritos (Wed - Sun)

RANCHO LOS CERRITOS Address: 4600 Virginia Road Long Beach, CA 90807 Rancho Los Cerritos is located on Virginia Road, north of Roosevelt Boulevard and west of Long Beach Boulevard, in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach.

Tours:
The Rancho offers docent-led tours, self-guided tours with a printed brochure, or the Clio app. Docent-led tours of the house and gardens are available on a first come first served basis or by reserving a time on the website.

For architecture week a special 20-minute tour that complements our regular tours will be offered. This tour explores the Monterey Colonial style of architecture - a blending of 19th-century fashions of the East Coast with the traditional Mexican aesthetics and building materials of the West Coast - and the Mission Revival Style in which the home was remodeled in 1930.

Hours:
Wednesday through Sunday, 1-5pm with extended hours on Saturday, 10-5

Parking:
Parking at Rancho Los Cerritos is always FREE. The main parking lot is located across from RLC’s entry gates. From Virginia Road turn left after Virginia Country Club and just before RLC’s entry gates. Limited parking, including accessible spaces, is available in the forecourt parking lot. Drive through RLC’s entry gates and turn right to enter the parking lot. Accessible parking spaces are also located in front of the Visitor Center. Drive through RLC’s entry gates and turn left.

Check-in:
When you arrive at Rancho Los Cerritos you must check-in at the Visitor Center. From RLC’s main entry gates take the pedestrian path as it curves to the left.

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Rancho Los Alamitos (Wed - Sun)

Rancho Los Alamitos sits atop the ancestral lands of the Tongva people and their village of Puvuun'nga. During the Spanish colonial period, it was part of California's largest and earliest land concession (grant). It was later ranched by Mexican and American settlers and their workers and tenants from all over the world. Today, the Rancho explores the interaction between people and place, culture and environment, past and present, to create a greater understanding of the evolution of Southern California and its place in today's world. The site's history and the lives of its owners and occupants make it a perfect metaphor for the Southern California experience. The 7.5-acre historic resource comprises
The historic ranch house with a circa 1800 adobe home completely encapsulated within later additions over the following 130 years;
Four acres of nationally significant gardens designed by prominent early 20th-century landscape architects and horticulturists, including Olmsted Brothers, Florence Yoch, William Hertrich, Paul Howard, and Allen Chickering;
A barnyard of early 20th-century barns and farm buildings stocked with farm animals, including a working blacksmith shop;
A visitor center, a museum shop, and a research archive.

During architecture week, the Rancho will offer two guided tours. One of the historic ranch house and the other of a dozen different garden spaces throughout the site showcasing landscape architectural trends of the early 20th century.

Please make advance reservations for these tours.

Enter at the Bixby Hill residential security gate at the intersection of East Anaheim Road and Palo Verde Avenue. Last admittance through the guard gate is 4:30 pm.
When you arrive, please check-in at the welcome desk in the Rancho Center.

The last tour of the historic Ranch House begins at about 4:00 pm
Admission and parking are free.
Accessible Parking
Accessible parking spaces are available in the parking lot by the entrance to the Rancho Center.

Entering the Historic Site
All museum entrances and floors are accessible to visitors using wheeled devices or who have mobility difficulties. The maximum clearance to enter the historic Ranch House is 32” and suitable wheelchairs are loaned free-of-charge.

The gardens are accessible.
Most are navigable by wheelchair. The historic Cutting Garden, Cypress Patio, Oleander Walk, and Rose Garden are accessible only by stairs and can be viewed from the driveway and Geranium Walk.

Accessible Restrooms
Every restroom at the Rancho is wheelchair accessible.
The historic ranch house with a circa 1800 adobe home completely encapsulated within later additions over the following 130 years;
Four acres of nationally significant gardens designed by prominent early 20th-century landscape architects and horticulturists, including Olmsted Brothers, Florence Yoch, William Hertrich, Paul Howard, and Allen Chickering;
A barnyard of early 20th-century barns and farm buildings stocked with farm animals, including a working blacksmith shop;
A visitor center, a museum shop, and a research archive.

Explore Rancho Los Alamitos and its architectural history with a knowledgeable guide.

Docent-guided tours of the Ranch House are available throughout the afternoon between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Please make an advance reservation for a house tour. Gardens and barnyard are self-guided, unless a docent is requested.

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Cooper Arms Pin - Select Only if you're only buying pin.

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  • 100th Anniversary Pin - Cooper Arms

    100th Anniversary Pin - Cooper Arms

    The limited edition enamel pin is a great way to support Cooper Arms in their fundraiser to help with building restoration.

    $15.00 ea.

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