For this week's Complex Love we bring you the Gaytonia another entry from Long Beach. If you've gone down to Long Beach's Belmont Shore for dinner at all, you have probably seen the giant neon Gaytonia sign at the west end of the street. Though at first glance seems to be an ode to our wonderfully diverse community, The name actually
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came from it's owner-contractor, George T. Gayton who built it in the Norman Revival Style in 1930 and retained ownership up until 1956. Although the Gaytonia was always an apartment building, it was originally managed like a hotel catering to the Naval officers in Long Beach. Maid and valet service was provided, and each apartment building was furnished, including the provision of linens and dishes. The Gaytonia was constructed at a cost of one hundred thousand dollars in 1930 which sounds like a steal now but we're sure it was one of the more elaborate and costly buildings of it's day.
We have personally been inside while considering renting a few years ago and can tell you it's amazing inside as well as out with all of the historical preservation. Original elevators are still in use and there is also a large communal patio on each floor that provide stunning views of the shore. If you're looking, they had a rental sign up for a single and a one bedroom when we stopped by this week to take photos.