Villa Riviera. circa 1929. Long Beach, California

Situated along the shoreline of Long Beach, California, the 16-story Villa Riviera has been one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks since its completion in 1929.

Designed by architect Richard D. King, the 130-unit building, recognizable for its roof of oxidized green copper, is based on the Chateauesque architecture style, inspired by the French chateaus of the 16th century in the Loire Valley of France.

The Pacific Tower to the south of Villa Riviera sits on the site of the legendary Pacific Coast Club, which mimicked a 14th Century French castle and was torn down in 1980s to make way for the current building.