Architecture on the waterfront by eminent men – Press Telegram


On August 21, 1959, President Eisenhower signed the official proclamation admitting Hawaii as the 50th state. To celebrate, we ate pineapple upside-down cake, drank drinks with pink umbrellas, and wore muumuus and aloha shirts.

Architecture was important then, as it is now – last week was Architecture Week in Long Beach.

Architects Charles Kober, George Montierth, and Dwight E. Bennett helped shape Long Beach’s informal tribute to the state of Hawaii with some of the buildings they designed.

Bennett was the resident architect in 1964 Hawaii for the Kanala Hilton designed by Ed Killingsworth.

Bennett then designed two camps along the Appian Way, the Sea Scouts Base and the Sea Scouts Sea Landing. He also designed the Camp Fire Girls building on Carson.

Observers note that the rooflines of the two structures are similar, and the open concept of the Marine Landing is similar to the lobby entrance of the Kanala Hilton. In his sketches, the space between the buildings includes a boat launch beach, and the area is now the outrigger beach. It was originally the Girl Scouts swimming area.

The Alamitos Bay Yacht Club clubhouse was designed by the Burke company, Kober Nicolais. Architect Charles Kober, a great yachtsman, designed the clubhouse in the style of the East Coast clubs he frequented during regattas. The design of the clubhouse was a labor of love for Kober, according to club history.

The ABYC’ers were eager to enjoy the clubhouse, and the club’s history documents that “even during construction, activities took place at the new location. The first was the 1964 Memorial Day Regatta; although the bay classes sailed from the old clubhouse, the ocean classes were launched and operated from the new facility.

The club’s history again documents our love for Mai Tais, pu-pu trays and grass skirts.

“The first social event in the new Clubhouse was a luau held with the July 4, 1964 regatta: attendees sat on the floor on the unfinished, unfurnished upper deck.”

“There is no doubt that Kober was a very successful architect. But just as certainly, while his mind may have been on planning Houston’s 1.3 million square foot Dearbrook Mall or Baltimore’s massive Inner Harbor shopping complex, his heart was on the sea. “, according to his obituary.

As for his earthling days, Kober earned a degree in economics at Stanford, then studied architecture at USC. When it came to designing his own iconic Naples home at 15 The Colonnade, he chose mid-century modern architect guru George Montierth.

The Long Beach Yacht Club pavilion was designed by Montierth & Strickland. During World War II, George Montierth worked in the design offices of the United States Navy and in 1945 he opened his own office in Long Beach.

“The two-story building combines South Seas island treatment with contemporary design glass walls against a backdrop of tropical foliage,” said a 1960 news report of the LBYC clubhouse. Club members even imported a bunker full of black lava rock to continue the tiki-themed architecture.

“He was responsible for all surface buildings at the Long Beach Marina facility. He then served as Municipal Architect for the City of Long Beach until his retirement,” according to his obituary.

Montierth designed all of the original buildings that were part of Alamitos Bay Marina – the Marine Office, restrooms and the 17,595 square foot Marina Bazaar building where Seal Beach Yacht Club, West Marine, Schooner or Later and other companies are found now. He also designed the 9,000 square foot storage and workshop building used by the Navy Department for operations and maintenance operations.

“Like Cliff May, architects such as Edward Killingsworth, Paul Tay and George Montierth often presented an unassuming facade to the street but offered a glorious modernism within.” LA Curbed wrote in a story. The story goes on to say that Montierth designed several residences and other buildings in towntown, Los Cerritos, Bixby Knolls and Naples.

According to Montierth family historian Pam Duimstra, the entire family had a career in draftsmanship or carpentry. His grandfather, (George’s uncle) was a craftsman who helped build The Breakers hotel in Long Beach and drove to work every day from Wilmington.


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