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The Shotgun House Returns Home to Ocean Park

February 28, 2014

On Saturday, March 29 at approximately 8 am, Santa Monica’s 1890s shotgun house moved to its new permanent location on Second Street across from the Ocean Park Library, ending more than a decade in storage.  

Shotgun House on the move
Moving Day

The public is invited to witness the house as it is towed on a flatbed trailer from 16th and Colorado to its final destination at 2nd Street and Norman Place. Click the link Moving Flyer for a map of the route.

A Teaching Moment

The Conservancy has put together an activity guide for local schoolchildren that uses our ‚ÄúMoving Day‚ÄĚ to help students think through the process of a house moving and changes in the local community.¬† The activity booklet was created to teach children about historic preservation and sustainability. The guide describes the importance of the Shotgun House, how it will be moved, and how to prolong a structure‚Äôs lifespan through reuse.¬† Click here to view the activity guide:¬† House on the Move Guide.

A House on the Move 

Fourteen years ago a largely unaltered 1890s shotgun house was nearly demolished and with it an important part of Santa Monica history. But due to the combined efforts of concerned residents, the former Ocean Park Community Organization (OPCO), the Church at Ocean Park, the Santa Monica Conservancy, and the City of Santa Monica, the house was saved and designated a landmark. Now, after more than a decade in storage, the house will move to its permanent site on Second Street across from the Ocean Park Library where it will soon become the Conservancy’s Preservation Resource Center. It will take its place among a cluster of other historic buildings, including the California Heritage Museum, Merle Norman Cosmetics office, the Carnegie branch library, and the Third Street Neighborhood Historic District.

The transformation of the Shotgun House into a Preservation Resource Center is supported by a $1.6 million fundraising campaign that includes hiring the Conservancy’s first executive director and expanding programming and community education. The Resource Center will be a clearinghouse for practical, user-friendly information about historic resources in Santa Monica and the methods and benefits of preserving older buildings while serving as a model for how older structures can serve contemporary needs.

Shotgun Houses on the Beach

About the Shotgun House

Click here to learn more about the history of the Shotgun House.

Those Who Have Helped Us Get This Far

Foundations + Grants

Ahmanson Foundation                                                     Mesa West Foundation
Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation                                  National Trust for Historic Preservation
Friends of Heritage Preservation                                  Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors,
3rd District

In-Kind Contributions

Brummitt Energy Associates, Inc.                               John Merchak Painting
The City of Santa Monica                                               Mary Effron Landscape Design
Cox Paint¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Merrihew’s Sunset Gardens
Crown Disposal Co, Inc.                                                  Minardos Group
Engineering Economics, Inc.                                         Nels Stemm, Fairview Partners
Fonda-Bonardi and Hohman Architects                    Scott Christiansen + Associates
GBWORKS/Zinner Consultants                                    Smith Pipe Supply Inc.
Harding Larmore Kutcher and Kozal                          Snyder Diamond
Historic Resources Group                                              Spectra Company


Armbruster, Goldsmith + Delvac, LLP                       Levin + Associates
Charmont Partners LTD/The Sovereign                   Morley Builders
Restoration Partners                                                      Southern CA Edison
Harding Larmore Kutcher + Kozal, LLP

 Major Individual Funding Partners

Anonymous                                                                       Nina + Rob Fresco
AM Allen                                                                            Tom Fuller + William Kelly
Margaret + Danilo Bach                                                Ruthann + Bob Lehrer
Barry + Sharla Boehm                                                    Carol Lemlein + Eric Natwig
Joel Brand + Kristina Deutsch                                     Mary Marlow + Mark Kreher
Ken Breisch + Judy Keller                                             Steve + Christy McAvoy
Sara + Robert Cannon                                                    Susan + Kevin McCarthy
Tom Cleys                                                                          Carole + Sid Meltzner
Mike Deasy                                                                        George Minardos
Willam Delvac                                                                   Neary Family
Kaitlin Drisko + Bob Knight¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Nancy O’Neill
Clare + Jim Ellinger                                                         Laurel Schmidt + Dunford King
Leah + Sam Fischer                                                        Barbara Whitney + Kate Whitney Schubb
David + Barbara Kaplan                                                Rolfe Wyer + Doris Sosin
Sherrill Kushner                                                              John Zinner

Additional support was contributed by many generous businesses and individuals who will be recognized at the grand opening of the Preservation Resource Center.


Have you made a donation?¬† Click here to make your contribution today!¬†Your¬†gift ‚Äď of any amount ‚Äď will help make the Preservation Resource Center a success, educating the community about the why, the how, and the benefits of historic preservation!




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