Long Beach Heritage Invites Public to The 2016 Great Homes Tour

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Once a year, Long Beach Heritage invites the public to view some of the unique homes that make up the city’s rich architectural history. The 2016 Great Homes Tour, on Sunday, June 5 from 12-5 pm, will showcase five architecturally distinguished homes in the Bluff Park, Naples, Virginia Country Club and Bixby Knolls areas of Long Beach, two of which, were designed by noted architect Edward Killingsworth. Docents will highlight the interior and exterior features and the history of the homes.

1940 Bungalow – This Bixby Knolls home retains the charm of a wood shake roof, round top door and extensive original cabinetry despite three expansions to 3.600 square feet. Kenneth Wing’s 1950 redesign added upstairs living quarters and distinctive dormer windows

A Mid-Century interpretation of a traditional style home built on the Rivo Alto Canal in Naples with a casual lifestyle in mind.

Also on Rivo Alto Canal, and built by the Firestone family as a summer home, this unexpected New England style beach cottage has an open floor plan revealing many innovative details.

1958 Mid-Century Modern – Built as a model for an Ocean Boulevard high rise that was never constructed, this Killingsworth, Brady & Smith design has been restored in tribute to its post-and-beam style. Floor-to-ceiling sliders frame views of the Pacific.

1961 English Regency – Designed by Edward Kllingsworth, this home in a gated area near Virginia Country Club, spans nearly 8,500 square feet overlooking a verdant fairway. Features parquetry flooring from Europe and paneling from a home once owned by Marion Davies.

This tour allows a limited number of people and often sells out early. The tickets are $35.00 for members and $40.00 for non-members through PayPal (via LBHeritage.org), or checks can be mailed to Long Beach Heritage, PO Box 92521, Long Beach, CA 90809 with a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Maps and instructions will be mailed or emailed if the order is received by June 1st. After that, paid reservations will be held in “Will Call,” where wristbands and brochures may be picked up between 11:45 am and 1:30 pm on Sunday, June 5th.

Proceeds benefit the historic Bembridge House.

Long Beach Heritage is a nonprofit education and advocacy group promoting public knowledge and preservation of significant historical and architectural resources, neighborhoods, and the cultural heritage of Long Beach.

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