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The Bembridge House

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2014 - 2017.

The Bembridge House is considered the most significant residential historic landmark in Long Beach. The house was built 1906 from a kit in the Queen Anne Victorian style. The original owners were Josephine and Stephen Green. After several owners, the house was purchased by the Rankin family in 1919.
In 1969, the City of Long Beach demolished several homes in the area to expand the park, and this house was on the list. Mrs. Bembridge fought to preserve her home and this lead to the city's first preservation ordinance. Dorothy Rankin Bembridge lived in the house until her death in 1999, murdered in the yard by a disgruntled gardener.
The gardens have been restored to the Victorian syle.
Acquired by Long Beach Heritage in 2000.

Hours: Tuesday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm and 4th Saturday of the month 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
Tours at 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm.
Location: 953 Park Circle
Long Beach, CA 90813
lbheritage.org text here.

Ceiling in entry.


Living room.


Boys' room.

Boys' room.
Girls' room.
Back lit cabinet.

Downstairs hall.


Medicine cabinet.

Parents' room.
Parents' room.
Sewing room.

Buttons in Sewing room.

Stair landing.


Sun Deck.

Exterior, front.


East side.


East side.
East side.

North side.


Carraige House.

Carraige House and Aviary.

Carraige House interior.

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