Spanish Revival home on
Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach shows several
characteristic of this architectural style:
- White exterior walls
- Smooth finished stucco
- Arched Roman windows
- Ornately carved doors
- Flat and/or low-pitched roof
- Red roof tiles
- Iron work trim on windows and doors
Spanish Revival is a purely American
architectural style drawing on Spanish, Moorish, Mission and
Mexican architectural influences -- and mixing these diverse
elements in such a way that the whole is very pleasing. George
Smith of Santa Barbara was one of the originators of
this architecture which was popular in the American
Southwest in the 1920s and 1930s.
Two Long Beach neighborhoods are the
home to hundreds of Spanish Revival houses:
California Heights. In the historic district of Cal Heights you will find
single-story, single family homes on small lots built in the
Belmont Shore and, to an extent,
Belmont Heights, presents another view of Spanish Revival.
In these two neighborhoods there are many two-story
homes as well as apartment buildings in that style.
In fact. Spanish Revival apartment buildings can be found
throughout the older neighborhoods of Long Beach, especially
along Ocean Blvd. where there are also many Art Deco
This one-story Spanish
Revival home is a pared down version of
the style with its arched front window, red tile
roof and white exterior. The ornamentation is
minimal. The Mission influence is revealed in the
dark wood beams above the square front windows.
Mustard gold paint and sage green awnings on the
exterior of this two-story Spanish Revival home in
Belmont Heights are strictly contemporary color choices.
Originally the home was painted white or off-white.
||The Monterey Colonial influence
shows on this home with the cantilevered brown wood
balcony on the second story of this Belmont Shore home.
The walls at the edge of the property are rustic, in
keeping with the Colonial influence.
The interiors of many Spanish Revival homes are all white
with cove or tray ceilings; others had wood beam ceilings,
sometimes elaborately painted. The red tiles on the roofs
may originally have been clay, but now are often a more
durable concrete, stained red.
|Tiles were used on stairs,
floors, fireplace surrounds, walls -- even on tables --
in Spanish Revival homes. Many tiles came from local
potteries, including the
Malibu Pottery. Other tiles came