Top Ten Things About Living in Long Beach: Historical Architecture

With dozens of historical neighborhoods, myriad preserved art deco buildings and a ginormous ship seeped in stories of bygone times, Long Beach is a city that seems to care about preserving its heritage. Just a drive down Ocean Boulevard, with the Historic Elizabeth Milbank Anderson House at the Long Beach Museum of Art, the Villa Riviera towering into the sky, and historical homes lining the street, allows residents to be immersed in a panorama of Long Beach’s architectural history.

A cocktail at The Sky Room, a glass of wine at the District in the La Fayette Building, or a cup of coffee at Sipology located in the former Broadlind Hotel across the street, can help one to connect with the city’s past. This is because the celebration of history is a part of everyday life in Long Beach.

If you want to delve further and broaden your perspective about the architectural beauties that have stood the test of time, there are fun, informative tours and events.


Walking Tour: Every 3rd Saturday of the Month 9:00 am to 11:30 am, $10 per person
The City of Long Beach is filled with historic gems. From our neighborhoods to buildings, from modern architecture to the Art Deco style, now is the time to experience historic downtown Long Beach on a walking tour.

Bembridge House Tours: Tuesday afternoons and the fourth Saturday of each month from 1:00 to 4:00, $5 donation per person suggested
The 1906 Queen Anne Classic Victorian, owned by Long Beach Heritage, is considered to be one of the most significant historic properties in Long Beach. The residence is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, on the California Register of Historic Places and is a Long Beach Landmark.

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Living History Tours: The first, third and fifth Sunday of each month – 4pm, Free
Tour the historic adobe house with “visitors from the Rancho’s past,” who step forward in time to conduct tours of the Rancho. Explore the Rancho through the eyes of previous owners, workers or guests as they share their personal stories and experiences.

Garden Tours: Sunday, the second and fourth Sundays of the month, March – November, 1:30 – 3:30pm, Free
Explore the Rancho’s landscape with a docent-led tour, complete with 19th century flora, fruit trees and native plants.

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Daily Tours: 10am to 6pm, Prices vary depending on type of tour
The Queen Mary offers daily tours where you can explore the ship with an expert guide who will help you discover the history and mystery of the ship. Whether you are interested in art deco design, history, The Queen Mary’s World War II service or paranormal investigations, the unique tours will give you an in-depth look at the ship’s past.

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We’d love to hear your thoughts on Long Beach’s history. Have you been on any of these tours, or have one to recommend? Please comment below.