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NOMA Files Landmark Application for Historic House

June 1, 2018

North of Montana Association (NOMA), in partnership with the Santa Monica Conservancy, filed an application for landmark designation of 435 Georgina, a 1913 Craftsman home that was vacant and for sale. This house had long been noted in the city’s Historic Resources Inventory as a potential candidate for landmark status. The Landmarks Commission approved the nomination at its April meeting.

435 Georgina Avenue. Photo: The MLS

The residence was built in 1913 for A.W. Morgan, a bookkeeper, as one of the pioneering homes of the Palisades Tract and one of the earliest homes on that street. Designed in the Craftsman style, it reflects English arts and crafts rather than the typical California Craftsman. A few additions have been made to the original home, which blend well with the original design and materials, and don’t detract from the architectural integrity. The large parcel size allows for new construction at the rear. A Mills Act contract could provide a significant reduction of property taxes for a new owner who would commit to preserving and maintaining it.

Nonprofit organizations, such as NOMA, may file landmark applications without paying the application fee. While the landmark nomination is under consideration by the Landmarks Commission, no alterations or demolition work may be undertaken.eConservancy encourages other neighborhood organizations and individuals to keep an eye open for potential landmarks that may be in danger of being substantially altered or demolished.

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