AKA: Temple Lofts, Long Beach, CA

Structure Type: built works - public buildings - assembly halls; built works - recreation areas and structures

Designers: Wright and Gentry, Architects (firm); Francis Hudson Gentry (architect); Parker O. Wright Jr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1926-1927

835 Locust Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813

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The Long Beach architectural firm of Parker and Wright designed this assembly space for the York Rite branch of Freemasonry and also produced the design for the Masons' Scottish Rite Cathedral in Long Beach, as well. The building had a severe Greek Revival character on the exterior, while rooms of the interior had varied decorative schemes. The current tenant's web site stated: "The building contained a number of large assembly halls typical of a fraternal social order. In this building, each haIl was decorated in a different exotic revival style: Egyptian, Roman, etc. The building also contained a fully equipped theater." (See Temple Lofts, "History of the Temple," accessed 04/19/2016.) The Masons sold the building which became a collection of loft apartments, called the Temple Lofts. Apartments in the Temple Lofts ranged in size from 1,000 to 2,970 square feet, and some were arrayed on two floors.

PCAD id: 20180