Long Beach's Pacific Coast Club didn'...

Long Beach's Pacific Coast Club didn't stand test of time

There are 23 comments on the Press-Telegram story from Feb 6, 2013, titled Long Beach's Pacific Coast Club didn't stand test of time. In it, Press-Telegram reports that:

The old Pacific Coast Club was once one of Long Beach's most prestigious beach side clubs .

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lb historian

Los Angeles, CA

#21 Feb 17, 2013
Frank wrote:
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Dude, this city used to be a primary vacation destination for Iowans! Not a lot of significant architecture worth preserving then or now. You need to get over to western europe, you dumb hayseed. There you'll see buildings built by top artisans in their fields, and worth preserving, and none of them look like a concrete monstrosity fashioned roughly after an english castle.
Maintaining third rate architecture isn't noble. It's tacky.
True. The pacific coast club was a vanity project of it's time, funded on the cheap by local developers so they'd have a place to bed their girlfriends without their wives catching on. That's why it was an "athletic club" with "room rentals." City leaders knew it was nothing but a hastily erected whore house. That's why they essentially didn't care what happened to it.
By the time it was torn down, the only people who had any memories attached to that architectural eyesore were either dead, impotent, or tied to their managed-care beds to mitigate their violent syphilitic rants.
Sue Thompson

Long Beach, CA

#22 Feb 18, 2013
I suggest reading Ayn Rand's "Fountainhead" to fully understand California's embrace of the Mediocre both in politics and design.
Jim LeCuyer

Fremont, CA

#23 Jan 22, 2014
The Pacific Coast Club, from 1938 to 1943, was my playground when I was five to ten. The Head Doorman that entire time was my uncle, Patrick Henry Kelly, and the Chief Caterer was, for a while, my grandfather, Lewis LeCuyer. It was a wonderland for a kid, with an olympic sized pool, indoor tennis courts, exciting little programs with puppets at Christmas and Easter. It was built like a castle, but with plenty of apartments, lots of bell boys, its own private beach, a tiny beachfront cafe with a heavenly tasting hamburger I've never been able to find again, its own fat men toasting their sun burnt enormous bellies on lounge chairs. 75 years ago. It doesn't seem so long...

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