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Historic mosaic mural unveiled to the public shows parts of Long Beach’s vibrant past

Release Date: 2018-10-27

By: Asia Morris

It was a complete surprise to the new owners of a prominent bank building on Ocean Boulevard when they discovered a hidden mosaic on its facade, one with regional historical significance, its colorful tiles covered in white and kept from the eyes of the public for years.

Soon after Rockwell Properties acquired the International City Bank building at 249 E. Ocean Blvd. about six months ago, the company found the mosaic mural with help from a longtime fan of the work who already knew of its existence.

Alan Burks, president of Long Beach-based Environ Architecture, the tenant improvement architects for the building, and chair of the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission, said that the previous owners of the building weren’t interested in uncovering the mural. But when Burks approached Rockwell Properties about it, they were enthusiastic about restoring the artwork.

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