The Lafayette at 140 Linden Ave., was built in 1929 featuring Art Deco style architecture. But you probably already knew that.
But what you probably didn’t know was…
• It was originally built as a hotel and was owned by the Hilton family (yes, those Hiltons).
• The hotel became the first condo conversion on the West Coast in 1972.
• The Inn of Long Beach was part of the Lafayette Hotel and was used to house the Miss Universe Pageant contestants when it took place here from 1954-1958.
The hotel was the starting point last week as organizers and collaborators announced the first Long Beach Architecture Week (LBAW) to take place May 31 to June 9 at various venues in downtown Long Beach.
Sal Flores, along with Brian Trimble and Dan O’Brien, are the co-organizers of the event. Flore, founder and publisher of the Long Beach Home + Living magazine, had been thinking about doing an issue on the architecture of Long Beach. But beyond the magazine, the trio discussed how the city was changing — from an architectural perspective.