Architectural Tour Will Feature Cliff May Ranch Homes


Photo by Rochelle Kramer of Modern Bungalow.

Cliff May is a California architect of epic proportions—after all, he is the father of the ranch house, a mid-century pillar of Modernist architecture characterized by its long, close-to-the-ground profile paired with minimalist exterior and interior decoration. And Long Beach is home to one of the largest and most well-kept neighborhoods of Cliff May’s famous ranch houses in the area.

Local LGBTQ networking group LGB2 will be hosting a special tour of four of May’s architectural treasures found throughout Lakewood Rancho Estates, adjacent to El Dorado Park. Former Museum of Latin American Art president Richard Townsend and real estate couple Doug and Rochelle Kramer, will host the guided tours in and out of the preserved homes.

“Long Beach has so many hidden gems that people do not know about. May’s architectural work is one of them,” Heber Siquieros, co-founder of LGB2, told the Post. “We want our community members to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn more about this style of architecture directly from the experts while networking with like-minded individuals.”

Townsend—whom, with his partner, has lived in multiple homes of architectural significance—has an extensive background in modern and contemporary architecture. For five years, he was Executive Director of Price Tower Arts Center, a cultural attraction housed in Frank Lloyd Wright’s only skyscraper.

Doug and Rochelle Kramer have specialized in mid-century Modern architecture in their real estate business, becoming leaders in the field since 2003. They themselves live in a 1953 Cliff May rancho in the Lakewood Rancho Estates neighborhood.

The event will take place on Thursday, August 16 from 6PM to 9PM. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.

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