Studio One Eleven

The Architecture of Roy Sealey in Long Beach

Black architects of the 20th century have not been as celebrated as most prominent architects we know today that have shaped Southern California. Paul Williams is one of the only black architects that is acknowledged for his achievements, however there is another architect whose merits we aim to resurface and retrieve, and who also helped define part of Southern California, specifically Long Beach.

Roy Sealey was Paul Williams’ protégé who, among his many significant works, built a particularly notable building, the clubhouse of Belmont Shores Mobile Estates. This clubhouse is connected to the Belmont Shores Mobile Estates, a retirement community in eastern Long Beach.

In celebration of Black History Month, Studio One Eleven endeavored to create a film and educational session for the AIA Long Beach/South Bay Chapter. Studio One Eleven learned about the impact of Roy Sealey’s work while engaging with the Alamitos Bay Partnership on reimaging 90 acres of their waterfront property. This film made it evident that it is not just the community's responsibility, but the architect’s as well to spotlight these achievements and spread awareness. With so few of Roy Sealey’s buildings remaining, this film not only shows the value of restoring a surviving building but also inspires society to recognize that preservation can be a key component in uplifting a neighborhood.