Preservationists To Be Honored at The 26th Annual Long Beach Heritage Awards, Gala and Fundraiser

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Jonathan Glasgow will receive the Long Beach Heritage 2014 Preservationist of the Year Award

Jonathan Glasgow will receive the Long Beach Heritage 2014 Preservationist of the Year Award

The public is invited to join Long Beach Heritage as it celebrates the 2014 Award winners for excellence in Architecture, Preservation and Restoration to be held Thursday, February 27, 2014 in the Grand Salon of the historic Queen Mary. The event, not only honors achievements in architecture and the preservation and restoration of several of the city’s notable buildings, but the friends of preservation whose efforts are instrumental in maintaining the city’s heritage. The Gala is also the primary fund-raiser for Long Beach Heritage in support of its preservation activities. A silent auction will offer an array of unique and antique items and gift certificates for bid. Guests will also enjoy a delicious dining experience in the ambience and elegance of the Art Deco era.

The 2014 Preservationist of the Year Award will be presented to Jonathan Glasgow, AIA and principal of the architectural firm Interstices. His projects feature historic preservation and adaptive reuse as well as contemporary design in sustainable commercial and residential buildings. Notable are the adaptive reuse of the Kress Lofts and Walker Buildings into loft dwellings as well as Gold’s Gym. His restoration of the original 1903 Masonic lofts is near completion and plans for the restoration of the former Lerner’s and Newberry’s stores are in progress. His designs complement the elements of the original architects’ buildings as well as the surrounding neighborhood. Many of his works line North Pine Ave and have contributed greatly to the area’s renaissance.

Preservation Award recipients are:

Cultural Resources and Reports: The Queen Mary for The Queen Mary Conservation Management Plan approved by the Cultural Heritage Commission in 2011. The document surveys the current condition of the physical elements of the ship and its artifacts establishing the period of greatest historical significance for the liner which took it’s maiden voyage in 1936 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Cultural Resources and Reports: Laura Killingworth for her gift of the Edward Killingworth architectural archives and artifacts to the art museum at the University of Santa Barbara. Mr. Killingsworth, an award-winning architect, who resided in Long Beach, was noted worldwide for his Mid-Century Modern buildings. His designs were so distinctive they were reproduced in multiple Mid-Century publications. Carla Murillo and Jennifer Volland will be awarded and honored for their documentation of the collective historical significance of Killingworth’s work in their recent publication “Edward Killingsworth-An Architect’s Life.” Their extensive research culminated in an exhibition of his work at the University of California, Santa Barbara Art Museum.

Preservation Award: Long Beach Airport: for uncovering and refurbishing tile floor mosaics symbolizing twentieth century technological improvement as well as natural elements of the Pacific Ocean. The colorful mosaics were created in 1941 by Grace Clements as part of the federal WPA program.

Preservation Award: The Lafayette Home Owners Association for the restoration of a Davis & McDonald mural found on the floor of the Starlight Ball Room. The mural, depicting an Egyptian scene featuring a camel, can now be seen on the exterior wall of the building where it can be appreciated by passers by.

Preservation Award: Allan and Stephanie Pullman for the restoration of the Mid-Century Modern Kimpson-Nixon house in Alamitos Heights designed by Raphael Soriano.

Preservation Award: Sharon and Mike Wesfall for the interior and exterior restoration of the 1913 Bluff Park Dr. Albert Clifton Sellery House designed by W. Horace Austin and Harvey H. Lockridge

Preservation Award: Tamra and Gary Gensemer for the restoration of the exterior of a Spanish Revival 1922/23 duplex retaining the original tiled steps, roof, wooden balcony and wrought iron work.

Preservation Award: D’lorah Hunt, Paul Duscatt and Heather Miles for the rehabilitation of a 1923 California Bungalow in the Craftsman Village Historic District.

The 26th Annual Long Beach Heritage Preservation Awards, Gala and Fund- Raiser is Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at The Grand Salon on the RMS Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, 90802

Cost for the event is $ 120.00 per a person; $ 1,200.00 for tables of 10. Parking is hosted (Please bring your parking ticket). To order tickets or obtain additional information, call 562-493-7019 or visit There is a link to PayPal whereby tickets can also be purchased.

Long Beach Heritage is a non-profit education and advocacy group promoting public knowledge and preservation of significant historic and architectural resources and the cultural heritage of Long Beach.

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