LONG BEACH, CALIF. USA -- View from the top of the Villa Riviera Building in Downtown Long Beach, Calif. on May 11, 2011. The building recently underwent a renovation. Spectra Company, which helped restore the building, will be receiving a preservation award of excellence from the Los Angeles Conservancy on Thursday.
They restored 1,600 steel windows, replaced decorative plaster, reproduced several missing grotesque (gargoyle type) creatures along the roofline and fabri- cated the main entrance bronze door of the building. The entire project cost about $5 million â€” which was self-assessed money from the residents of 132 units.
The Villa Riviera Hotel was constructed in 1929. At the time, it was the second-tallest building in Southern California after Los Angeles City Hall.
Photo by Jeff Gritchen / Long Beach Press-Telegram