Suburban Architecture Exhibit Continues at Historical Society

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The Historical Society of Long Beach is continuing to display its exhibit entitled “SuburbanArchitecture of Roberts, Jones, Power, Lockett, & Poper.”

The exhibit, which opened last August, is arranged in sections, focusing on the architects, the Elizabethan Studio in which some of the worked, the houses of worship they designed, and a digital slide show celebrating other work in the city compiled by the AIA Long Beach / South Bay Chapter, Long Beach Design Forum and Studio One Eleven.

The work of these architects can be found throughout the city. Using photos, plans, and narrative the exhibit illustrates how the city grew and the impact of these architects on the city’s commercial and residential spaces.

Each architect’s story is unique. Joseph Halstead Roberts is best known for the Californian, St. Regis, Babb house on Country Club Drive, commercial and residential buildings which are featured in the exhibit. Jess Jones’ work includes residences, Memorial Hospital, and at Long Beach City College the Art Department, Life Science and Administration Buildings.

Palmer Power’s work includes El Dorado Branch Library, Mrs. Earl S. Daugherty residence, the Signal Hill Police Department, and Cubberly Elementary School.

William Lockett worked on Memorial Hospital, Los Altos Branch Library, Grace First Presbyterian Church, and many tracts along Los Coyotes Diagonal.

Richard Poper‘s work includes the Dr. Malcom Todd Residence in Park Estates, Phil Trani’s Restaurant, along with many residential and commercial projects. As the city expanded beyond downtown, houses of worship were built in the new neighborhoods, including California Heights United Methodist, Los Altos United Methodist, the Navy Family Chapel, Community Presbyterian, Grace Brethren, St. Thomas of Canterbury, and Temple Beth Sholom.

Another exhibition focus is the Elizabethan Studio at 501 Termino Avenue, with its important past with local architects. Built by Joseph Roberts, it served an office to Kenneth Wing, Jess Jones, William Lockett, and Richard Poper. (The attached backgrounder has a list of addresses and neighborhoods with more details about the HSLB’s holdings about the work of these men.) 

The Long Beach Architecture exhibit is open during the HSLB’s regular public hours Thursday 1-7pm, Friday 1-5pm and Saturday 11-5pm.

The Historical Society of Long Beach is located at4260 Atlantic Avenue in Long Beach. For more information call (562) 424.2220 or visit

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