I spent last Sunday walking around downtown Huntington Beach, using the Huntington Beach Historic Resources Board “A Walking Tour of Historic Downtown” pamphlet, as my guide. It is currently available at the information kiosk, at the pier, and online.
I covered a bit more than half of the tour, before I opted for a coffee break at the CBTL, by the fountain (Christmas tree). The story of my trip, and some photos are here. On Tuesday, I set out to visit the rest of the sites on the tour.
You can begin anywhere along the route, which has numbered points of interest. For part two of my walking tour, I began, as in part one, at Triangle Park and the Main Street Library (numbers 19 & 20, on the map) and headed, along Pecan Avenue, toward 8th Street. My first stop was near the corner of Pecan and 7th Street where you can see Magnolia Avenue (#18), in the cement, on the corner. Many early streets were named after the trees that lined them. The house, 504 7th Street was built in 1905 and had a barn behind it.
Along this stretch of Pecan Avenue, you can see the effects of 100+ years of weathering on the concrete block sidewalk. Made with local sand and beach shells, you can overlook this, unless you look down.
At 510 8th Street (16), is a 1922 era single-story house. Two Mexican palms were planted (1924) in honor of the birth of the first owner’s son.
Not part of the tour, but this fellow kept an eye on me, as I stood in front of his house, photographing the Mexican palms, across the street.
At 421 8th Street, stands the former Evangeline Hotel (#15). A craftsman style building, it included 18 rooms, and opened in 1906. It is now a private residence.
Walking toward the beach, I encountered this Victorian influenced 1904 beach cottact, at 324 8th Street. (#14)
On the corner of 8th Street and Olive Avenue, is the First Church of Christ Scientist, built in 1928. (#13)
Small cottages used to cover the current downtown area. Examples, built in 1922, are at 215 and 227 8th Street. (#12) If you know me, you’ll understand why the one at 227 is my favorite. 🙂
#11 is not exactly an historic building, but the site of the current Best Western, while once an Elks Club, was, originally (1904), called the Huntington Inn.
Again, not historic, but these are the only condos built on the sand. On PCH, between 7th and 8th Streets, they were built in 1967.
I may have missed a location or two, but, at this point, it was time for another visit to the CBTL , by the fountain, on Main Street. As I mentioned in part-one, I only walked and took pictures. All of the research came from the Huntington Beach Historic Resources Board. If you decide to visit some of these sites, remember that they are, for the most part, private homes and businesses, so please respect that.
If you are interested in the camera data, please see the last paragraph in part one.