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Long Beach: Peninsula Beach


Long Beach’s ocean-front Peninsula Beach at low tide.

Long before the first homes were built on the peninsula as early as 1902, a private duck hunting club was located at 62nd Place.

The historic pedestrian Seaside Walk Boardwalk, made of wood and built in the 1920s, is maintained by the city, and remains popular among locals seeking relaxation walks and beautiful sunsets.

From it’s early days as a duck hunting club, many well-known celebrities, creatives and everyday people find inspiration and refuge away from the hectic demands of big-city life.



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Ray Kappe, AIA – Naples Island Remodel


I wish I knew more about this Mid-Century Modern, set along the seaside canals of Naples Island in Long Beach, California. Built in the 1940s, the home was remodeled in 1956 by renowned Long Beach architect Ray Kappe.

I’ve always paused and admired it since I was a kid growing up in the neighborhood back in the 60s/70s.

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Modernist George Montierth, AIA


Another personal waterfront favorite along the canals of Naples Island in Long Beach, California is this 1948 George Montierth-designed mid-century modernist.

Surprisingly, not much is published about the locally prolific Long Beach, California architect, who not only designed a number of timeless buildings from his offices in the Ocean Center Building in downtown Long Beach in the 1940s and 50s, but also mentored several young architects who went on to higher fame.


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Initially anxious to return to civilization, most of the newcomers grew to love Shangri-La once they learn their arrival was no accident.

The founder of Shangri-La, High Lama, is rumored to be over two hundred years old, kept forever young, like the other residents, by the magical properties of the paradise he created.  Now High Lama needs someone wise and knowledgeable in the ways of the modern world to keep Shangri-La a paradise.

Film director and La Quinta Resort guest Frank Capra wrote the screenplay for Lost Horizon poolside at the La Quinta Resort in 1937.

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Indigenous Inhabitants


Newport Center, Newport Beach. Intaglios incised carving by Tom Van Sant (1967).

One of my favorite places to spend the holidays is Newport Beach, where I love to study the “brutalist” architecture of Newport Center. In 1967, artist Tom Van Sant created a series he called “Indigenous Inhabitants” that captured the region’s wildlife (many of which are extinct now) in concrete using a technique called Intaglios – Italian for incised carving. His work was commissioned by Architects William Pereira and Welton Becket.