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Discover the Neighborhood: The Architecture of John Byers

May 11, 2020

The Santa Monica Conservancy will be providing a weekly newsletter while much of our world is shut down due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Each week, we will bring you digital resources related to preservation with the aim of helping you connect with our community and beyond. Sign up here, if you’re not already on our mailing list.

As part of our weekly offerings, we are bringing you Discover the Neighborhood, free digital downloads of our tour brochures and booklets so that you can explore our city from the comfort of your home.

The Armstrong-Cobb residence.

Discover the Neighborhood

The Architecture of John Byers

Discover six historic locations built in Santa Monica by master architect John Byers. Inspired by the traditional architecture of Latin America, Byers was self-taught and opened his own tile factory at 26th Street and Colorado Boulevard. Byers designed more than 200 homes in Southern California, influencing the architectural landscape of Santa Monica and the Westside.

The brochure includes early homes exemplifying Byers’ mastery of the Spanish Colonial Revival style and his private residence on La Mesa Drive, where he lived for nearly 30 years before he died in 1966.

Our digital downloads enable you to view architectural and historical highlights and learn about the evolution of Santa Monica from the comfort of your home. If you do go outside for a walk to view the sites listed, please remember to put six feet of distance between you and others. The latest COVID-19 updates for Santa Monica can be found here.

Downloads are free. Donations are welcome and appreciated.


2101 La Mesa Drive.

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