Photo of the Civic Auditorium by Julius Shulman in 1958. © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)
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Images clockwise from left to right: (1) Students visit the Shotgun House as part of the Explore the Coast educational and recreational program in summer, 2023. Photo: Kaitlin Drisko. (2) The Marion Davies Guest House at the Annenberg Community Beach House. Photo: The Annenberg Community Beach House. (3) The historic Henry Weaver House. (4) The Redwood Pergola in Palisades Park. Photo: Stephen Schafer Photography, 2023.

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Preservation Resource Center
at the Shotgun House

The PRC will be open for free, in-person tours in November on Friday the 24th, Saturday the 25th and Sunday the 26th from noon to 2 p.m. It will also be open in December on Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th from noon to 2 p.m.
2520 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA
Explore the last intact shotgun house in Santa Monica, which now serves as an award-winning Preservation Resource Center for our community. Built in 1897, the little house features three original rooms where you can explore Santa Monica history and learn about preservation. Look behind the walls and the floor to reveal vintage materials, and see if you can find the one original window in the Shotgun House. learn more


Metzli Projects Releases City Hall Mural Recommendations to the Public

Following nearly a year of organized public engagement, including outreach, learning workshops, and discussions, Metzli Projects released an Executive Summary of their highly anticipated Phase 1 report this ... more

City Landmark Nomination Filed for Philomathean Hall

On October 17, the Conservancy filed a City Landmark nomination for a 65-year-old meeting hall built and owned by the Philomathean Charity Club, Inc. The organization, which is ... more

The Conservancy Welcomes New Board Member Alec Nedelman!

Earlier this month, Alec Nedelman was elected to serve as the Conservancy's 11th member of the Board of Directors by a unanimous vote. As a long-standing Conservancy supporter and ... more

Civic Auditorium Update: Conservancy Articulates Views on School District's Feasibility Study

[caption id="attachment_13914" align="alignnone" width="414"] Photo of the Civic Auditorium by Julius Shulman in 1958. © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)[/caption] Since making their Civic ... more

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