Photos by Brian Addison
The Broadlind at Broadway and Linden in DTLB was built in 1928 by architectural team Piper & Kahrs, the same year that the Lafayette Hotel across the street and the Villa Riviera on Ocean were built, ushering in a hotel boom in Long Beach.
While holding a popularity after it was built and despite the Depression, eventually the building sat vacant for years before its original hotel rooms became apartment units and its first and second floors became the home to Linden Public and Thai District.
Now, a group dubbed the Broadlind Hotel is hoping to, well, return it back to a hotel. (Its original hand-painted sign advertising the hotel is still stenciled in tall letters on the side of the building.)
“The hotel will host 20 newly renovated rooms,” said Michelle Pagtakhan, Marketing Director for the project. “Currently, the building is pending as a hotel. We are looking for full status—hoping this summer.”
Each room will boast a fully remodeled kitchen, private bath, business center, and laundry area. In other words: more like hotel apartments.
The building marks one of Long Beach’s most beautiful examples of Italian Renaissance-style architecture: arches reach from the ground to the top of the second floor, stone columns paired with braided concrete ornamentation and off-white terra cotta details that are simply gorgeous.
“The hotel once included twenty rooms and a manager’s unit and was said to attract mostly male clientele, many of whom were navel officers docked in Long Beach, who would rent the apartments short-term while in town,” according to Steve Pennington of DOMA Properties. “The building can also be seen as a mash-up of different American styles. For example, the architects used the same red brick seen on buildings in the Midwest. The wrought iron overhang with intricate metalwork that hangs over the entrance? It exudes classic New Orleans style. The large wood beam doors can be seen as a nod to Spanish mission-style architecture in California.”
Well, despite the amount of architectural references, it all works cohesively to create one of Long Beach’s most beautiful structures. And given the lack of boutique hotels in the Downtown, I would say it could very well be a warm welcome.
Now, if we could just focus on affordable housing a bit more…