Long Beach Senior Arts Colony

The Long Beach Senior Arts Colony’s main building sits on the corner of Anaheim Street and Long Beach Boulevard, across from trolley and bus links to job centers, hospitals, colleges, and downtown Long Beach.

Glass corners and private balconies with wood French doors provide appealing indoor-outdoor connections.

A butterfly roof distinguishes the theater, and its warm stain matches the wood doors on the units.

The theater is on the podium level and reads as a separate building. It offers the opportunity for local school children to perform with seniors.

“We consciously made the spaces very youthful and contemporary,” Bohn says. “As residents moved in, they said it’s what they would have wanted to live in at age 20 or 30.”

The colony’s synthetic turf dog park is a popular destination for residents.

The complex includes a classroom and computer room. “Residents are here to learn,” Bohn says.

The smaller-scaled Annex building faces into a neighborhood of one- to three-story buildings and contains 39 of the 200 affordable units.

A garden club has formed around the community gardens. Residents enjoy complementary arts and social activities provided by EngAGE, a partner of the the developer, Meta Housing.

Random plums and reds define circulation patterns as people walk from one courtyard to the next.

The Annex building features fiber-cement siding painted in random colors to resemble old boards. It sits closer to the ocean and is designed to feel like giant beach house; the stair tower and sunshade suggest a lifeguard tower.

Two-story glass storefronts house the program areas, such as art studios, including an art gallery for catered receptions.

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