Students learn the story of the Shotgun House from Docent Mario Fonda Bonardi © Sasha Renee Photography
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This summer we are expanding free walk-in hours at the Shotgun House in Ocean Park as part of a new initiative to engage the community in a series of events, tours, classes and community gatherings that spotlight the rich cultural heritage of Santa Monica.

Try out the new Third Street Walk, on Sunday, August 11th! Click HERE for details and to register.

And check the calendar for specific listings or click HERE for more information about our summer schedule.

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Preservation Resource Center
at the Shotgun House

The PRC will be open for free, in-person tours on July 13-14 & July 27-28, 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 →


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