Join us this week as Louise Ivers, Long Beach architectural historian and preservationist, pays last respects to a pair of Mid-Century Modern Long Beach municipal structures facing imminent demolition: the Port of Long Beach Administration Building and the County Court House. Along for the trip is Brain Kaiser, Southern California’s tile expert, who offers insight into Stanton and Souza’s large-scale ceramic mural on the Port building, and a rare and stunning Hamilton Tile fireplace in the Court House-adjacent Sovereign Hotel.

We’ll also discuss concerns that the Mitchell Camera Factory (1929) could face the wrecking ball, Marco Ramirez’ new Union Station shoe shine concession, residents campaign to Save the Detroit Street Bungalows, CNN feature on Officer Deon Joseph of Skid Row and our historic preservation survey “25 for 2014″ is published. All this and more as Kim & Richard usher in the week of January 12th.

Photo: Fireplace by Hamilton Tile of Culver City, in the lobby of the Sovereign Hotel (1922), Long Beach.

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Louise H. Ivers’ book Long Beach: A History Through Its Architecture is available from Long Beach Heritage

Louise is also active in the Historical Society of Long Beach.

Brian Kaiser’s contact page.

See our Long Beach Court House photos here.

See our Long Beach Port Administration Building photos here.

Hamilton Tile fireplace in the Sovereign Hotel (1922), 360 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802

Preservationists fret over the fate of Long Beach’s Port Administration Building mural, designed by Sheridan Stanton (Gladding McBean) & Paul Souza. 

See our Long Beach Sovereign Hotel and Hamilton Tile fireplace photos here.

Our Los Angeles Historic Preservation “25 for 2014” is here.

The Mitchell Camera Factory (1929) faces an uncertain future; visit the campaign to Save the Factory here.

Marco Ramirez runs the shoe shine concession at Union Station.

Save the Detroit Street Bungalows campaign slideshow.

Officer Deon Joseph, Skid Row Cop CNN feature.

Promotional marketing video for 722 Broadway, former home of the Sassony Arcade.

Kim’s free Pasadena Public Library talk on Raymond Chandler and The Kept Girl. 

Forensic science seminar Where There’s Smoke.

Monthly Sunday LAVA Salon February 2015