Women and girls pose at a Philomathean Charity Club Inc. social event in the 1950s. Credit: Quinn Research Center.
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Philomathean Club at 1810 Broadway declared a Santa Monica City Landmark! 

Congratulations to everyone who helped this application get across the finish line, especially all the Philomatheans past and present whose impact on the city extends far beyond the walls of their headquarters. The nomination was sought by the Philomathean Club, Inc., the Quinn Research Center, and the Santa Monica Conservancy.

Watch this short video for a history of 1810 Broadway:

Click HERE to read the nomination.

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Preservation Resource Center
at the Shotgun House

The PRC will be open for free, in-person tours on April 13 and 14, from noon to 2 p.m. The virtual tour will be held at noon on April 21.
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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