On Saturday, Sept. 22, take a tour of Willmore City, Long Beach’s first residential development!
Willmore City was founded in 1881 from a subdivision of the Rancho Los Cerritos. It contains Drake Park named for Colonel Charles Rivers Drake, developer of the Pike amusement complex and the Knoll Park housing development.
This tour is designed as an educational introduction to a cross-section of early 20th century Long Beach residential architecture. It will include interior visits of the Bembridge House and, in contrast, a fully-restored Queen Anne "workman's" cottage. A few miscellaneous items to see will be a mysterious gold-domed temple and an original Catalina tile soda fountain.
Seen on this tour:
Queen Anne Bembridge House
Queen Anne Workman's Cottage
Tudor Revival Duplex
Dutch Colonial Revival
Classic Box TOC
Spanish Colonial Revival
Sears Kit House
Start Time: 9:30 a.m.
Where: Bembridge House – 953 Park Circle
Length: 2 - 2 1/2 hours
Distance covered: About 1-1/2 miles total walking
Cost: $15 per adult payable through PayPal or by purchase at the door.
To RSVP call (562) 493-7019. Know your city!