Month: May 2022


The Rose Window restoration at First Congregational Church drew to a close at the end of 2020. Although there are two other windows and facades that need some attention, our congregation has taken a breather. As we come out of the depths of the pandemic, it has been nice to take a rest and just enjoy the beauty. What wonderful colors glow as the sunshine streams through the glass!

This week, Long Beach Heritage gave its Preservation Award to our project. Amazingly, this is the sixth award we have received. Others include

The 2021 Preservation Design Award from the California Preservation Foundation

The 2021 Preservation Award from the Victorian Society in America

The Nigel Williams Prize in Ceramic Conservation from the UK Institute for Conservation

The 2021 Excellence in Structural Engineering Award: Historic Preservation Award of Structural Engineers Association of California

The Vitruvian Award for “Outstanding Façade Preservation” from Façade Tectonics

The congregation of First Congregational Church is very proud of all these accolades. Through out this process we strove to follow the best practices for historic facilities possible. The number of awards received reflects we accomplished our goal.

We are very appreciative of all those who have contributed their time and their resources. But please don’t forget that this building will always need care in order to continue its mission and present beauty. Donations for future preservation efforts can be made at any time on the donation page of this website, or at