Local history buffs will be able to explore the Long Beach of the 1920s and 30s with Art Deco Society president John Thomas (author of Long Beach Art Deco) as he leads a walking tour of Downtown Long Beach on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 9am. Thomas will emphasize significant events in Long Beach history and the Art Deco era and discuss contributions prominent architects Cecil Schilling, Horace Austin, Nate Piper and Hugh Davies made to Long Beach architecture. Tour highlights include the Arts Building, Metro Apartment Building, Rowen/Bradley Building, the US Post Office, and a WPA mural. Participants will also be able to view the interior of the Lafayette building, originally built as a hotel in 1929.
The tour will begin at 9am at the WPA Mural at Third Street and the Promenade and end at 11:30am. Admission will be $40 for Long Beach Heritage (LBH) members and $50 for non-members, and will include a signed, complimentary copy of Long Beach Art Deco, normally a $20 value.