Long Beach Heritage Tours Willmore City This Month

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Home to the impressive Victorian Queen Anne Bembridge House and numerous smaller examples of this style, Willmore City was the first residential development in Long Beach. Started in 1881 from a subdivision of the Rancho Los Cerritos, Willmore City contains Drake Park named for Colonel Charles Rivers Drake developer of the Pike amusement complex and the Knoll Park housing development.

This tour is designed as an educational introduction to a cross-section of early 20th century Long Beach residential architecture. There are numerous examples of variations on the Victorian style as well as turn-of-the-century transitional homes and the first modern architecture-the Craftsman. A few of the 1920’s revival styles such as the Spanish Colonial, Dutch Colonial and Tudor are found in the area.

The tour will include interior visits of the Bembridge House and, in contrast, a fully restored Queen Anne “workman’s” cottage. A few miscellaneous items to see will be a mysterious gold-domed temple and an original Catalina tile soda fountain.

Seen on this tour:

  • Queen Anne Bembridge House
  • Queen Anne Workman’s Cottage
  • Tudor Revival Duplex
  • Chalet Craftsman
  • Dutch Colonial Revival
  • Classic Box TOC
  • Spanish Colonial Revival
  • Sears Kit House

Long Beach Heritage’s Monthly Walking Tours are held the 4th Saturday of every month.
This month’s tour is Saturday, July 25, 2015 in Willmore City and meets at the Bembridge House, 953 Park Circle (the west end of 10th Street) beginning at 9:30 am. Parking for the event is street Parking.

The tour will last 2 – 2 1/2 hours and cover 1-1/2 miles total walking. Walking difficulty on this tour is Moderate.

Cost for the tour is $15 per adult payable through PayPal or by purchase at the door.

Special tours may be scheduled for groups of five or more people.

Call 562-493-7019 for reservations.

Note that all tickets will be held at will call at the start of the tour at the Bembridge House.

About Long Beach Heritage
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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