Explore Historical Tile With Tour of East Village

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Tile has been integral to the decoration of exterior and internal spaces for over 4,000 years and achieved prominence in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Southern California was home to some of the most notable tile artists and manufacturers including   Batchelder, CalCo, Catalina and Malibu.  Many of these works can be found today in Long Beach’s East Village.

A Long Beach  Heritage  special  event  will  showcase  these  historical tiles with  a  slide presentation by tile historian Brian Kaiser and a tour. The presentation will focus on the achievements  of Rufus B. Keeler.  As founder, ceramist and plant manager of CalCo and Malibu Tile, Mr. Keeler was a prime mover in the creation and use of ceramic tile and terra cotta in 1920’s and 1930’s commercial and residential architecture.  Examples of these decorative tiles, as well as, contemporary  tile  art  will  be shown on the tour following.

The Long Beach Heritage Historic and Contemporary Tile Presentation and Tour is Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Meet in front of the Greenhouse Café, 149 Linden Ave., Long Beach.

Cost for the event is $ 20.00 Non-members; $ 15.00 Members

Call 562-493-7019 to reserve your space. Tickets will be distributed at the meeting site. Reservations are necessary because space is limited.

For additional information, call 562-493-7019 or visit www.lbheritage.org.

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

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