February 14th In Seal Beach History

On this date in 1929, the Seal Beach City Council awarded the contract for a new city hall to architect W. Horace Austin after considering preliminary plans presented by local architects.

Austin’s plans included a fire station, a police station, a city library, offices for city staff, and a second story assembly room for public meetings. Austin himself would supervise the Spanish style construction as soon at the city closed a deal to purchase the future city hall site.

W. Horace Austin was a prominent architect in the area during the first half of the Twentieth Century, and many of his landmark designs still stand today, including Wilson High School, the Press-Telegram building, the downtown Farmers & Merchants Bank, and the Long Beach Airport.

And, of course, the old Seal Beach City Hall, still located on the corner of Eight Street and Central Avenue today.

– Michael Dobkins

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One Response to February 14th In Seal Beach History

  1. Kari E Johnson says:

    I clearly remember my father taking me to get my first library card at the tiny library that was located in this building. THE Mary Wilson issued it to me. Gosh, I really loved that little library! It was just about the size that a budding bibliophile could look around and say: Yeah, I think I could read all the books in here!


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