Long Beach: A History through its Architecture Book Signing Tonight at First Fridays
2009-05-01 · By Editor
Dr. Louise H. Ivers’ long-awaited book, Long Beach: A History through its Architecture, is now available. Beautifully composed, the book describes the development of the city’s built environment using 492 black and white images including contemporary and archival photos, vintage print advertising and drawings.
Over the years, Dr. Ivers has shared portions of her work with local audiences. She’s delivered lectures in local forums including Long Beach Heritage’s Salon Series presented in historic homes. Her photographs have been exhibited in the gallery of California State University, Dominguez Hills, where she was a member of the faculty. She has published catalogs to accompany her exhibits and her articles have appeared in the Southern California Historical Quarterly. She’s included some of her photographs and research in the Long Beach Heritage newsletter that she edits. These intriguing parts of her work have finally been brought together in one volume. It’s a survey of Long Beach architects and architects from the beginning of the city through and after the Second World War.
Dr. Ivers’ book is based on years of painstaking research. She started photographing the city’s oldest buildings, and those that were in danger of demolition, when she first settled in Long Beach. To learn about these buildings that intrigued her and the architects who designed them, she scoured the city’s earliest newspapers and in doing that also learned about other buildings that have been lost over time. Her research also took her to the collections at the Historical Society of Long Beach, the Long Beach Public Library and other repositories. The result is a catalog of the city’s buildings and architects set against the city’s unique timeline.
The book can be purchased for $30 at the HSLB gallery. Louise Ivers will be signing copies of her book in the gallery during the First Friday event on May 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. To purchase a books by mail send a $40 check to HSLB: 4260 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach CA 90807.