News & Advocacy

Update on the Civic Auditorium

August 1, 2023

The Conservancy has been a proactive voice in the conversation surrounding the Civic Auditorium since 2012 and has played a key role in putting the issue on the public agenda. We remain vigilant as the City investigates the possible sale of the historic Landmark.

A large modernist public building faced with a curtain wall of windows and a cast-concrete grill, as well as five sky-piercing concrete masts, is framed by a blue sky and green lawn.

On July 17th, the Conservancy wrote to City Council with our concerns regarding the current closed session process and the need for the historic preservation of the Civic Auditorium to be incorporated into any agreement the City pursues including:

  • Permanent retention of the Civic as a Santa Monica Designated Landmark
  • Review of any work required for rehabilitation and/or update of the building will follow standard City processes for designated properties
  • Conformance with Secretary of the Interior Standards for all work at the historic site

Read our letter to Council here.

Please stay tuned for more information! We will continue to monitor and respond to this important issue.

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