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Long Beach Heritage gearing up for its Great Homes Tour

May 23rd, 2008 · No Comments · Community

On Sunday, June 8, Long Beach Heritage will celebrate “A Century of Style” with its annual Great Homes of Long Beach tour. From noon to 5 p.m., ticket holders will traverse the city, visiting six architecturally distinguished homes in Belmont Heights, Bluff Heights, Bluff Park and Los Cerritos neighborhoods.
“Long Beach’s picturesque neighborhoods and tree-lined streets provide the perfect backdrop for the architectural treasures on this year’s tour,” says tour chair and Long Beach Heritage board member Mary Lou Martin.
As this year’s theme implies, the homes showcased span a century’s worth of the city’s rich architectural history. Guests will tour the first Craftsman house built in Long Beach, a Greene and Greene from 1904; a 1906 well-preserved Victorian home, with the property’s original barn still intact; a restored 1908 home built in the Victorian Queen Anne style; a 1913 Craftsman with Swiss chalet features; a restored 1927 Spanish Colonial Revival; and a contemporary house built in 2006, representing aesthetics and environmentally conscious design choices that could become hallmarks of the next 100 years of architecture.
During the self-guided tour, Long Beach Heritage docents stationed throughout each house will greet visitors and highlight the various interior and exterior features of the home and any known history about it.
Proceeds from the tour support the Bembridge House, a 1906 Queen Anne Victorian on the National Registry of Historic Places and owned by Long Beach Heritage. The home is being restored by the organization and serves as a cultural resource for Long Beach residents.
Tickets are $35. Reservations are limited. To purchase tickets, call the Long Beach Heritage at (562) 628-1519. For more information, visit www.lbheritage.org.

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