October Downtown Walking Tour Explores Willmore City

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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

The downtown walking tour takes place the fourth Saturday of every month. Explore Willmore City on October 22, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. The tour meets at the Bembridge House, 953 Park Circle and lasts about two and a half hours.

Tickets cost $15. Special tours may be scheduled for groups of five or more people. Call 562-493-7019 for reservations.

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