The Beer house checks off most of the distinguishing features of Mission Revival: Most importantly, the mission-shaped roof, along with roof parapets, arched doorway, overhanging eaves and red clay tile roof.
The home, designed by the Long Beach architects John Duffy and Leo Dreher, was built for John F. McGill and his wife Millie in 1961. Among Duffy & Dreher’s other work around the city were the old-London-style buildings in Mary’s Gate Village adjacent to the Queen Mary.
Three Long Beach veterans who served during the war talked about why we were there, and what’s come after for them personally. They’re brutally honest, heartbreaking at times, and always courageous.
“She was always nice. But that doesn’t mean she wasn’t tough,” said Congressman Alan Lowenthal. “In a war, you would always want her in the foxhole with you.”
Greg Gossage recalls thinking, “Oh, God, I hope Aiden’s been arrested,” the lesser of two alarming reasons police would be at the door in the middle of the night.
The tract style of Storybook homes affordable and came into favor in the mid-1950s before fizzling out about a decade later.
“Most of us there in Iraq just wondered why in the hell were we there,” one Army veteran said.
The five-bedroom, six-bath, 4,671-square-foot Spanish Revival home was built in 1930 for Eugene Tincher, who attended Long Beach High School (a precursor to Poly High) before graduating from Stanford Law and opening his Long Beach law office in 1915.
According to listing agent Janet Neman of Kidder Mathews, the buyers intend to build a mixed-use development on the site, just west of The Current Apartments and on the same block as the 35-story Shoreline Gateway luxury apartment complex.
The site is likely to continue serving as a restaurant, and it’s ideally set up to function as one, at least so long as COVID-19 and its delta variant don’t bring further restrictions.