Bembridge Heritage Homesite
953 Park Circle Drive, Long Beach California 1906
The house which was owned by Dorothy Rankin Bembridge for many years was constructed in 1906 in the Queen Anne Victorian style. The original owners were Josephine and Stephen Green; he was a wealthy businessman who had come to Long Beach from Seattle and Los Angeles. Mr. Green was one of the founders of City National Bank.
The house is a magnificent and highly ornate example of late Victorian architecture, and both the exterior and interior exemplify the finest accomplishments of turn-of-the-century architectural designers and craftsmen. It is the single most important example of this style of architecture remaining in the Long Beach today, and is considered by many to be the most significant residential historic landmark structure in the City. Amazingly, the house is in almost pristine original condition, and contains many of the original furnishings dating from the early 1900’s which were owned by the Rankin family when they purchased the house in 1919. (view source)