Photo of the Civic Auditorium by Julius Shulman in 1958. © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)
The Santa Monica Conservancy protects the places we love. We are a nonprofit dedicated to promoting widespread understanding and appreciation of the cultural, social, economic and environmental benefits of historic preservation.
Stay Connected!
Sign up to our mailing list.

Focus On

Black and white photo of architect Julia Morgan in a black dress and hat, standing in front of Notre Dame Cathedral.

This Sunday, March 3 join the city of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Conservancy for the annual Julia Morgan Legacy Day from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Annenberg Community Beach House!

Click HERE to RSVP.

Best known as the architect of Hearst Castle, American architect and engineer JuliaMorgan was one of three remarkable individuals, along with Marion Davies and William Randolph Hearst, who shaped the legacy of the Annenberg Community Beach House site. Morgan designed what is currently known as the Marion Davies Guest House and the Beach House pool, which comprise the historic core of the Annenberg Community Beach House.

During this free event, Julia Morgan expert Karen McNeill, Ph.D, will provide a presentation, “Julia Morgan: Engineering a Legacy,” highlighting Morgan’s engineering expertise. The presentation will expand on Morgan's training as a civil engineer, including how her studies of innovative structural techniques in Paris informed her creative architectural designs.

Event attendees will also be invited to tour and view the Morgan-designed Marion Davies Guest House and Beach House pool. Access to the pool will be for viewing only.

Upcoming Events

Search for historic resources throughout Santa Monica

Preservation Resource Center
at the Shotgun House

The PRC will be open for free, in-person tours in February on Saturday the 17th and Sunday the 18th from noon to 2 p.m. The virtual tours will be held at noon and 1 p.m. on Sunday, February 25.
2520 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA
90405
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

News

Spies in Santa Monica: Target Douglas Aircraft, by Ronald Drabkin

Historian, author and West LA native Ronald Drabkin reveals some of Douglas Aircraft and the historic Associated Telephone Building’s WWII era secrets in the following article, adapted from ... more

Advocacy Alert: A New Opportunity for Samohi's English Building

[caption id="attachment_14422" align="alignnone" width="772"] The English Building at Santa Monica High School. 7th Street Elevation composite: Nina Fresco.[/caption] The Santa Monica Conservancy strongly supports the School District’s plans to ... more

Santa Monica Conservancy Nominates Civic Auditorium to National Register of Historic Places: Opens Door for Additional Preservation Incentives

Read the Application here. The Conservancy strongly supports preservation and revitalization of Santa Monica’s Civic Auditorium. As a community benefit, historic preservation provides a framework and toolkit for developing community ... more

Meztli Projects Releases City Hall Mural Recommendations to the Public

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

Our Sponsors