Long Beach Heritage announces 2020 Preservation Award Winners

An auto shop-turned-brewpub, a home deemed a public nuisance that was slated for demolition and the “Ambassador of Americana” are among the recipients of Long Beach Heritage’s 2020 Preservation Awards.

Since 1988, the preservation nonprofit has honored the people and places that contribute to our city’s unique character. “There’s only one Long Beach, but these awards show the many ways our past enriches our lives,” said Sarah Locke, executive director of Long Beach Heritage. “We can’t wait to share the stories of how each winner makes our city a better place.”

This year’s Preservation Awards recipients include:

Trademark Brewing
This former auto shop in the Washington neighborhood was transformed into a craft brewery and taproom in a collaboration between owner/developer Millworks and tenant Trademark Brewing. The top-notch rehab, says Trademark co-owner Sterling Steffen, “let the building speak for itself.”

  • Joseph and Carrie Torrey House
    Deemed a public nuisance and slated for demolition in 2012, this 1911 home in Willmore City was rescued by Charles Nourrcier, who brought it back to life using only local vendors, contractors, and laborers.
  • Charles Phoenix: Long Beachland
    For more than 20 years, the “Ambassador of Americana” has thrilled audiences far and wide with his signature comedy slide-show performances based on vintage Kodachrome slides. He brought the magic to town with “Long Beachland,” celebrating the stories and landmarks of “the Epic Seaside City.”
  • California Heights Residence
    Kathy Costantino and Janice Watson spent nearly 20 years bringing their 1931 Spanish Revival house back from the depths of a serious “remuddle,” a labor of love and lasting contribution to the historic neighborhood of California Heights.
  • Historic District Guidelines
    To help homeowners in Long Beach’s historic districts, the City’s Development Services Department created guidelines tailored to the specific qualities and needs of each neighborhood. It’s now easier than ever for owners to update their homes while keeping the authentic character that makes their neighborhoods so special.
  • Middough’s Sign, Insurance Exchange Building
    This gem of downtown Long Beach was built in 1925 as Middough’s Boys and Mens Shop. The INEX Homeowners Association commissioned a painstaking restoration of the long-faded Middough’s ad painted on the side of the building, illustrating their continued stewardship of a city landmark.
  • Preservationists of the Year: Ana Maria and Kevin McGuan
    This year’s top honor goes to Ana Maria and Kevin McGuan for their tireless efforts on behalf of the city’s heritage, from their home at Villa Riviera to the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission and more.

Additional information on the winners here.

Long Beach Heritage will present the awards at a dinner hosted by honoree Charles Phoenix on Thursday, March 19 on the Queen Mary. The annual event brings together 200 business and community leaders to network, celebrate and hear directly from the homeowners, architects and artisans who are bringing new life to some of our city’s oldest treasures. Tickets start at $125 with all proceeds supporting Long Beach Heritage’s work to preserve the cultural heritage of our quickly changing city. For details, sponsorship information and tickets, visit lhttps://www.lbheritage.org/event/preservationawards/.

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Long Beach Heritage, a nonprofit organization supported by members and volunteers, is the preeminent resource for advocacy and education about the integral role architectural heritage and historic places have in the city’s unique character and its future development. For more information, visit lbheritage.org or call (562) 493-7019.

This article was released by Long Beach Heritage.

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