Love Architecture? Visit the Villa Riviera for Valentine’s Day Home Tour and Reception
2010-01-21 · By Editor
The iconic Villa Riviera will open its doors to the public for a special Valentine’s Day Home Tour and reception on Sunday, February 14, from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Visitors will have the rare chance to stroll through the lobby, elevators and museum while exploring about 20 of the independently-owned condo units.
The Villa Riviera expertly combines several architectural styles—Tudor Gothic with Italian and French Renaissance. The often-photographed Long Beach icon is probably most recognized for it’s exterior features: gargoyles, intricate art stone carvings, and the copper roof with sea foam patina. When it was built in 1929, the 16-story building was the second tallest in Southern California. It’s is not only a Long Beach landmark, it’s also on the National Register of Historic Places.
Tour guests will be able to view the recent interior and exterior renovations. Most recently, the Friends of the Villa Riviera spearheaded a project to restore the front entrance of the building to reflect its original design. The front entrance was completed in 2009.
As part of the home tour, the East Village Arts District will host a reception with a no-host, cash wine bar and raffles for prizes.
A tax deductible donation of $25 per person is required to attend the Villa Riviera Valentine’s Day Home Tour and Reception. Tickets will be available at the door, or may be purchased in advance by calling (562) 436-1020 or via PayPal on the Friends of the Villa Riviera website.
The Villa Riviera is located at 800 E. Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, 90802. For questions please call (562) 436-1020
Parking and transportation: Guests arriving by car may park on nearby streets or in the beach parking lot behind the building. Long Beach Transit or the LA Metro are also available. The MTA Blue Line stops just blocks from the building, at First Street and Long Beach Blvd. Buses including the A and D lines of the Passport stop within one block of the building.