LB Heritage Honors Excellence in Architecture, Preservation at 25th Awards Dinner

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Long Beach Heritage Awards - Arts Building

Detail view of the Arts Building. Photo by Christopher Launi

Long Beach Heritage will celebrate the Silver Anniversary of its annual Awards Ceremony honoring excellence in Architecture, Preservation and Restoration. The Benefit and Gala takes place tonight, February 21, 2013 in the Grand Salon of the historic Queen Mary.

The event, not only honors achievements in architecture and the restoration of several of the city’s notable buildings, but the friends of preservation whose efforts are instrumental in maintaining the city’s heritage.

Excellence in Architecture Award

The Excellence in Architecture award will be presented to Paul Edward Tay, AIA. Following his graduation from USC School of Architecture, he began his career in Long Beach where he designed many notable residences from the 1950’s through 1971. He also designed the Burnett Public Library on Hill Street.

He is noted for his stellar Mid Century Modern designs characterized as ranch modernism. His work is also notable for distinctive shapes and expansives of glass which merge with the landscape. In the 1950s, this architecture mode began as a way of life before it was adopted as a style.

Long Beach Preservation Award

The Long Beach Preservation awards will be presented to the following:

Rehabilitation: Willmore City Heritage for the Jergins Pillars project at 7th & Main. The rescued Jergins Pillars are now re-incorporated into the Willmore Heritage Garden and serve as a literal gateway into the future – leading into the planned Drake/Chavez Greenbelt.

Cultural Resources and Reports: Historical Society of Long Beach for the restoration and preservation of the Press Telegram collection making it available for the public to see and use.

Restoration/Rehabilitation: Christopher and Mary Ann Frauenholz Zawalski for the complete restoration of their two story 1928 Chateau, near the Linden Historic District, which had been red tagged and suffered from neglect and deterioration.,

Restoration/Rehabilitation: Chris Hogan for the interior and exterior restoration of the original 1925 Minnie Butler Guesthouse. This 2012 project returned the Guesthouse to its former craftsman appearance.

Stewardship: Jean Bixby Smith and Barbara Bixby Blackwell for continuing stewardship and support of Rancho Los Cerritos over the life of the Rancho, as a city partnership.

Restoration/Preservation: Realtors Doug & Rochelle Kramer and owners of Rancho House, Josh and Jen Amstone, for their renovation of the 1953 Cliff May classic Mid-Century Modern home.

Restoration/Preservation: JR van Dijs, Inc. and owner, Greg Gill, for restoration of the Arts Building. Originally built in 1929-1930 for The Long Beach Sun, it exemplifies Long Beach’s Art Deco legacy.

Contextual In-Fill: Studio 111 for the first two “ Parklets” installed in Southern California. Both Parklets have contributed to the vitality of two traditional retail streets by providing outdoor dining spaces to existing restaurants and implementing pedestrian friendly atmospheres.

Rehabilitation and Adaptive Reuse: Rancho Los Alamitos – Adaptive reuse of the Horse Barn to Create Rancho Center and Restoration of the Barns Area. (Rancho Los Alamitos Foundation) – This second phase of the Barns Restoration dealt with the relocation of the 1948 Horse Barn, the construction of the Bookshop/Classroom and the completion of the restoration of the Barns Area and associated working ranch landscape, as well as modifications to the Maintenance Yard. (The first phase of the Barns Restoration received a LBH Award in 2010).

The annual Awards Gala is 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.

For additional information, call 562-493-7019 or visit



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