Posts Tagged ‘psychic temple’

Amy Bodek – Director of Development Services for the City of Long Beach

Aug 15, 2012

Amy Bodek is the Director of Development Services for the City of Long Beach. I met the former Bostonian at the It’s a Grind coffeehouse (on the always bustling corner of Pine and 3rd, right around the corner from the Psychic Temple) to talk about her impressions of and relationship with Downtown Long Beach as […]

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Hello, DoLy’s!

Jul 27, 2012

More often than not, whenever I visit the Psychic Temple (later called the American Hotel) I also stop by DoLy’s Delectables because they have a great iced coffee for less than two bucks. Nice! But they also have excellent breakfasts and yummy sandwiches, not to mention amazing baked goods, pastries, and macarons. The proprietors Julie […]

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Psychic Temple + Wheat Paste = Win

Jul 24, 2012

The Long Beach Fencing Club’s winning concept for the Design a Fence contest is streetwise, inexpensive, and flexible. The use of wheat paste is also brilliant because it flips a medium that is best known for illegal advertising, revolutionary politics, and street art. What has become synonymous for rebellious expression on someone else’s wall is […]

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Jul 9, 2012

Before renovation began, the Psychic Temple looked rather bleak from the outside. However, the interior was once quite colorful. Even after the initial demolition, many of the remaining surfaces revealed a springlike palette.

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The First Floor

Jul 6, 2012

Because the Psychic Temple’s first floor has been made over so many times over its 100+ years, it has lost its historical value. Nonetheless, we want to share how it looked before the renovation begins. Above: Low-budget American Hotel signage and entrance. On the far left was a shoe repair shop, complete with antiquated machinery. […]

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Richard Lewis, Project Manager of the Psychic Temple

Jul 2, 2012

Richard Lewis is the Controller/Project Manager of JRVD, which is handling the redevelopment of the Psychic Temple. I visited Richard shortly after the project, which was put on hold for over a year due to California’s budgetary crisis, began to pick up steam once more. PT: You’re revisiting the Psychic Temple for the first time […]

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Jan Robert van Dijs: Steward of the Psychic Temple

Jun 21, 2012

Jan Robert van Dijs is the namesake of JR van Dijs, Inc. Drawing from his experience and expertise in constructing large-scale, high-end projects in New York, Paris, London, Italy, and Asia, he and his crew are committed to changing the way people perceive and experience Long Beach, CA, one old structure–more often two or three–at a […]

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Long Beach historian Stan Poe on the Psychic Temple – Pt. 2 (Architecture)

Jun 15, 2012

After the Psychic Temple had been demoed and before reconstruction began, I took a walk around the building with local author, expert, and member of many preservation committees Stan Poe. He gave me the building’s history (link) and pointed out some architectural details, as well as some hints as to what architect Jan Van Dijs […]

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