Welcome to Willmore City/Drake Park Historic District.
The 1st designated historic district of Long Beach, California!
Downtown by Bike
Visit the Willmore Heritage Garden and see the Restored Jergins Pillars!
This summer we celebrated the completion of the Jergins Pillar Project, located at the Willmore Heritage Garden. The Jergins Pillar Project is the adaptive re-use of historic terra-cotta facade elements from the demolished Jergins Trust Building, that was originally located on the southeadt corner of Ocean Boulvard and Pine Avenue. They are now a beautiful formal entryway into the future Drake/Chavez Greenbelt.
Thank you to everyone, community partners and supporters who came to celebrate the completion of the installation and restoration of the Jergins Trust Pillars in the Willmore Heritage Garden. We owe a debt to many, many people for their dedication and belief in both these projects. Thanks especially to the WCHA Board for all their hard work and participation throughout both projects: Vice President Michelle Muniz, Treasurer Jana Shields, Secretary Patty Lund, Web Communications, Emily Kiwa Tanaka, Community Outreach Jim Danno and newest member, Hulean Tyler, and our honorary board members who are always there: Ernie Villa and B Terhune Beebe!
To see pictures of the restoration and installation process please visit our facebook photos page. https://www.facebook.com/Willmorecity/photos
PLACE: Willmore Heritage Garden – West 7th Street & Maine Avenue 90813
We are honored and proud to have won first place in Neighborhoods, USA’s Neighborhood of the Year Award 2010 national competition in the category of Physical Revitalization – Single Neighborhood.
The project titled, “Willmore School House, On the Move” saved a 106-year old house from demolition, moved and restored it, helped a local family buy it and removed two blighted, vacant lots from the neighborhood. This project would not have been possible without the thousands of hours of volunteer labor donated by WCHA members, neighbors, and friends. We thank all of you for your continued time, effort, and generous support to make this project a true success.