Pomona, CA (February 20, 2009) The Southern California-based historic preservation firm, Spectra Company, received an award of excellence from Long Beach Heritage for its Villa Riviera project in Long Beach.

The Long Beach Heritage Awards Benefit was held on the legendary Queen Mary on February 19 attended by 300 guests. The annual event honored 10 individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the preservation of the architectural and cultural heritage of Long Beach .

The Villa Riviera is one of the most recognizable landmarks in downtown Long Beach . The magnificent 1929 structure underwent a complete exterior restoration. The result is spectacular, said Stan Poe, Long Beach Heritage Jury

Spectra Company performed a variety of preservation and restoration techniques in the $15 million dollar project which included restoration of 1600 steel windows, the casting of several missing grotesque creatures at the roofline, replacement of decorative plaster, as well as fabricating the massive bronze doors to the building’s main entrance.

Spectra Company, working with a team that included Martin Weil and KTA TATOR, completed the work in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards.

Spectra Company also received a prestigious Preservation Design Award by the California Preservation Foundation at its 25th Annual Preservation Foundation Awards in October 2008 for its exacting and thorough restoration of The Villa Riviera.

Spectra Company, founded in 1985, is the largest historic restoration company in California and specializes in a variety of restoration, preservation and conservation disciplines as well as waterproofing and environmental remediation. The company has worked on numerous notable Southern California historic properties such as Frank Lloyds Ennis House in Hollywood , Pantages Theatre in Hollywood , the Bradbury Building in downtown Los Angeles , the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood , and the Gamble House in Pasadena.


For estimates call 800 375-1771 or for a complete list of services and projects visit: WeRestoreBuildings.com.

ABOUT LONG BEACH HERITAGE Long Beach Heritage is a non-profit education and advocacy group promoting public knowledge and preservation of significant historic and architectural resources and the cultural heritage of Long Beach .


From left to right – John Thomas, President of LB Heritage; Ray Adamyk, President of Spectra Company; Martin Eli Wiel, Historic Architect, LB Heritage Officer; Kevin McQuan, President of Villa Riviera; Reuben Lombardo, Spectra Company Project Manager; Greg Perrault, Board Member Villa Riviera; Heidi Marker, Villa Riviera Board Member


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