Long Beach hotel


1939 view.

“The Villa Riviera Hotel, 800 East Ocean Boulevard, constructed in 1929, was second in height at that time only to Los Angeles City Hall. Its architect, Richard D. King, won a grand prize at an international contest for his design of the sixteen-story building. The cost of construction was over two million dollars. At one time, Joseph M. Schenck of Twentieth Century-Fox and Norma Talmadge, then his wife, owned the hotel. It survived the Long Beach earthquake with only plaster cracks which were easily repaired and is a Long Beach landmark.”

Excerpt and Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection image from https://calisphere.org/item/6f840ec0f8d412c142732a07499d9bc2/ .

“The Greatest ‘I Told You So’ in U.S. History”

In 1939, Admiral James Richardson was stationed in Long Beach as Commander, Battle Force (ComBatFor), U.S. Fleet, with the temporary rank of admiral.1 In 1939, the Battle Force had 5 carriers, 12 battleships, 14 light cruisers, and 68 destroyers.2 He and his wife lived at the Villa Riviera.


Image: cover and excerpts from https://books.google.com/books?id=kBJPpHrOeooC&pg=PA120&lpg=PA120&dq=%22villa+riviera%22+1939&source=bl&ots=eUk0CcSC_3&sig=3wvDArJEQp-Cb2T_EwkGuGFo3Vw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwid662m_crWAhUX8WMKHTa2D5MQ6AEIZjAP#v=onepage&q=%22villa%20riviera%22%201939&f=false .

Admiral Richardson had long advised naval policies that would have better prepared the United States Navy in the Pacific for the onset of what became World War II. He was overruled. Learn more about it in “The Greatest ‘I Told You So’ in U.S. History” chapter at the book link above.

1 via https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_O._Richardson#World_War_I_and_interwar_years: Stephen Svonavec, The United States Fleet, July 1, 1923: Battle Fleet, accessed June 2012

2 via wikipedia (above): Morison, Samuel Eliot (1948). Volume III, The Rising Sun in the Pacific. Boston and Toronto: Little, Brown and Company.

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