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Help Santa Monica’s Historic Resource Inventory

September 3, 2016

The City of Santa Monica is currently updating its Historic Resources Inventory (HRI), a database which lists existing and potential historic resources throughout the City and provides an important foundation for the implementation of the Historic Preservation Program. Two professional consulting firms, Architectural Resources Group and Historic Resources Group, will survey structures built through 1977 and develop historical context statements describing neighborhood, architectural, cultural, and social history. The new survey is expected to be released in spring 2017.

Your participation helps ensure that the HRI takes the broadest possible look at our built environment and the places that illustrate important aspects of Santa Monica’s history! Learn more at Click here to contribute what you know about the architectural, cultural and/or social history of your own neighborhood and other parts of the City. You can also download a mailable form.


Photo credit Marcello Vavala.

Photo credit Marcello Vavala.


For example, this building on 20th Street in the Pico Neighborhood was designed in 1937 by esteemed architect Paul Williams for the first African-American physician to live and work in Santa Monica. It has not yet appeared on the Historic Resources Inventory. If designated as a landmark, it would be protected from inappropriate alterations and become eligible for benefits and incentives such as:

  • Potential property tax savings through a Mills Act Contract
  • Waiver of Building Plan check and permit fees
  • Priority plan check processing
  • Application of California State Historical Building Code to alterations, which can often avoid unnecessary additional construction costs to bring properties up to current codes

Email to be added to the mailing list for the City’s outreach meetings and other updates. Follow the City’s progress via @historicsamo and #historicsamo on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. To view a list of FAQs, click here.

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