There are a mere handful pyramids in the U.S. Some say there are only 3 true pyramids–Long Beach’s Walter Pyramid, Luxor in Las Vegas and the Arena in Memphis. (We’ve had Texans contact us saying they think Galveston’s Aquarium Pyramid should be added to the list.)
California holds the distinction of having the only pyramid in the nation on a college campus. The striking, cobalt blue Cal State Long Beach pyramid is a source of fascination visible from the San Diego Freeway (405). You can see it for miles–it reaches 192 feet upward, the equivalent of 18 stories tall. If its 18,000 steal tubes and connection modules (joined by more than 160,000 three-quarter-inch bolts) were laid end-to-end, they would form a pipe span of approx. 26 miles.
The pyramid was built and opened in 1994, and was named Walter Pyramid in 2005 for donors who helped fund the operations of the facility. Until the family gained sponsorship rights, it was just called Long Beach Pyramid. The unusual, can’t miss structure located next to Richard & Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center, is used for classroom space, special events and even has a gym in it called Frog’s. The next time you visit Southern California, be sure to pull off the freeway and drive a short distance to see this marvelous, modern wonder. You’ll love it!