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The Marina Tower Display Residence
SAH/SCC Tour & Talk
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Join SAH/SCC as we explore the newly restored The Marina Tower Display Residence (Killingsworth, Brady & Associates, 1959) in Long Beach.

The model unit was originally designed to showcase future residences for an 11-story, 44-unit tower that was never realized. However, the display model remains as a private, single-family residence.

Designed by Case Study House architect Edward A. Killingsworth, FAIA, the home features high ceilings (some up to nine feet), large expanses of glass to optimize city and ocean views, and access to large outdoor terraces. The project was featured extensively in Jennifer M. Volland and SAH/SCC Member Cara Mullio’s monograph, Edward A. Killingsworth: An Architect’s Life (Hennessy + Ingalls, 2013).

The original marketing materials for the new building proclaimed: “it offers a rich and gracious way of life, an unusual opportunity for ownership of a residence of distinction, with complete freedom from the cares and problems of ownership.” The brochure assured potential tenants of “a sparkling tower of beauty with the blue Pacific as ‘your front yard.’ Here the air is cool, healthful, and smog free—here your horizon is unlimited.” The units promised “a starlit setting for gracious indoor-outdoor entertaining. Each residence occupies an entire quarter-floor. The design represents the ultimate achievement in planning and construction that combines lavish beauty with exceptional convenience.”

The program will include a dialogue with the current owner/architect responsible for the restoration of The Marina Tower Display Residence.

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