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Premier T.H.U.M.S. Islands Boat Tour #2 – LB Architecture Week

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Premier T.H.U.M.S. Islands Boat Tour #2

Thursday, June 9, 2022 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm


Join CSULB Assistant Professor of Art Brian Trimble, Local Influencer and Content Creator Cassidy Liston and the staff from the City of Long Beach Energy Resources Department for a tour of White Island, one of the T.H.U.M.S. Islands. The tour will begin at the architecture firm Studio 111 and will include an extensive discussion on the history and development of the islands designed by noted landscape architect Joseph Linesch, famed horticulturalist Morgan (Bill) Evans, famous for his work at Disneyland, and important modernist sculptor Herbert Goldman.

An extraordinary partnership of industry, art and design, T.H.U.M.S. Islands have been iconic fixtures of Long Beach since their construction. In 1965, T.H.U.M.S. hired Linesch & Reynolds Landscape Architects to design four oil drilling platforms along the Long Beach coast. Joseph Linesch served at the primary designer. The four islands (originally named Alfa, Bravo, Charlie, and Delta) were realized between 1965 and 1967. The islands were renamed Chaffee, Freeman, Grissom, and White to honor the astronauts lost in the Apollo space program. 

Linesch and Evans, utilized an extraordinary range of plantings and water features in combination with structures designed by Goldman to mask both the visual and sound impact of the industrial sites. What they realized through this partnership was a playful reflection of Long Beach’s mid-century urban landscape located just across the bay.

Space is Limited!

Tour Location and parking information will be provided through email to ticket purchasers. 

Accessibility: Because of the nature of the industrial site on White Island and the challenges of the boats, this tour has limited accessibility. There is no wheelchair accessibility. 

Photo Credit:
Image courtesy of the Joseph H. Linesch papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.


Thursday, June 9, 2022
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Studio One Eleven
245 East Third St.
Long Beach, CA 90802 United States
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