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Long Beach Municipal Auditorium
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Works Progress Administration Photo Collection
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Federal Writers' Project
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Exterior front view of the Municpal Auditorium in Long Beach and its famous mosaic on February 14, 1938. It is located at the south end of American Ave. and extends 500 feet out into the Pacific Ocean.; Completed in 1932 from plans drawn by J. Harold McDowell, the auditorium replaced Long Beach's first Municipal Auditorium. It was demolished in 1975 to make way for the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center.; The mosaic was assembled in 1937 by artists working under the direction of Stanton MacDonald-Wright and Albert Henry King from an original design by Henry Allen Nord. They cut and pieced it together in sections. Meant to be seen from miles away because of its Olympian proportions and design, the mosaic was originally placed at the gateway to historic Route 6 (Long Beach Boulevard).
1 photographic print :b&w
Photographic prints
Works Progress Administration Collection
WPA 3047 4x5
Municipal Auditorium (Long Beach, Calif.)
Theaters--California--Long Beach
Auditoriums--California--Long Beach
Mosaics--California--Long Beach
Works Progress Administration Collection photographs
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton,1890-1973
King, Albert Henry,1900-1982
Long Beach (Calif.)
Nord, Henry Allen

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