Rose Park exemplifies the early residential settlement of Long Beach as it dispersed eastward from the downtown core. The first homes in Rose Park are Victorian cottages, built in the early 1900’s. The biggest boom in housing construction occurred from 1910 to 1922, a period when the Craftsman Bungalow was in vogue.
Not surprisingly then, the highest concentration of homes in Rose Park are the Craftsman Bungalows. Construction tapered off in subsequent decades but continued to reflect the architectural styles of the time: Mission Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival, Ranch and Neo-Traditional. Rose Park is an excellent example of a residential neighborhood during the first half of the twentieth century.
Rose Park and Rose Park South is designated as a Long Beach Historic District and should be preserved according to a specific historical, cultural and architectural motif. More information about the city ordinances and guidelines can be found here.
A few examples of items covered by city ordinances for Rose Park:
- New construction
- Additions to existing structures
- Changes to exterior materials or paint colors
- Alteration or addition to fencing and patio walls
- Changes to windows, doors and doorways
A Certificate of Appropriateness is required for all exterior changes, even those that do not need building permits, such as repainting. Ordinary maintenance and repair are excluded. The Preservation Officer reviews applications for changes. Minor changes that meet the design guidelines are approved immediately. Major projects and applications that are inconsistent with the design guidelines are scheduled for a Cultural Heritage Commission meeting. Applicants may appeal decisions to the Planning Commission.
Resources: Historical Preservation
- Long Beach City Council – 2nd District Councilmember Lowenthal
- City of Long Beach, CA – Historic Preservation
- City of Long Beach, CA – Cultural Heritage Commission
- TPS Preservation Briefs
- State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO)
- Rose Park Historic District Oridance
- City of Long Beach – Certificate of Appropriateness – Exterior Paint Application
- Historic District Guildelines
- Historic Preservation (562) 570-6194
- Long Beach Planning Department