Long Beach : California Heights Given Historic District Status

California Heights, a 1920s-era neighborhood of Long Beach dominated by classic Spanish houses and California bungalows, has been designated a historic district by the city's Cultural Heritage Commission.

The status helps protect the neighborhood from extensive remodeling, making major renovations subject to the approval of the commission. Demolition could be delayed for up to one year, although it ultimately cannot be stopped.

The neighborhood was developed in the 1920s during a burst of economic growth in the city. It was built of predominantly Spanish Colonial Revival homes mixed with English Tudors. California bungalow-style houses were moved into the area from other neighborhoods undergoing substantial redevelopment.

" . . . The neighborhood has an unusual coherence and period charm," the commission said in its decision.

The boundaries of the new historic district are Walnut Avenue, Bixby Road, Wardlow Road and the alley east of Atlantic Avenue.

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