Tour Historic Jennie Reeve/Townsend House With Long Beach Heritage Lecture
2016-03-18 · By Editor
Long Beach Heritage offers a unique opportunity to learn about the history and restoration/preservation of one of Long Beach’s greatest historic homes and gardens on Sunday April 10th, 2016 from 1-4pm. The event will feature Ted Wells, the owner, speaking on the preservation of the property and an associate chronicling the history of the prior home owners. A guided tour will follow.
The Reeve/Townsend House is a spectacular example of Craftsman architecture and a hidden gem of Long Beach. Built in 1904 by noted architects Greene and Greene for Jennie Reeves an important civic leader and activist, it is now a National Historic Landmark.
Mr. Wells, an architectural historian, purchased the house and began renovations in 2004. He has overseen the reproduction of many fixtures using the same craftsman techniques from 100 years ago. He has also restored the original garden and yard with 12 varieties of roses grown from original cuttings.
Mr. Wells goal, as a historian, is to help everyone understand how we place ourselves within the historical context of the time and place of Long Beach, the culture of southern California, and the people who make it happen. He states “It is a rare opportunity in historic architecture to see it in process during a restoration, and to share this learning experience with others.”
Tickets for this special educational event are $20.00 a person. Please reserve early as space is limited. To order through Pay Pal, please go to www.lbheritage.org or call 562-493-7019.