Gymnasts in front of the Purser Apartments, circa 1940s. Photo: Santa Monica Public Library
Join us for the 2022 Annual Meeting & Preservation Awards on Sunday, June 5 at 3 p.m. At our live virtual event, you'll get the chance to meet our new Co-Executive Directors, Kaitlin Drisko and Allison Sampson, who will be leading our organization's future growth!

We'll also celebrate our 2022 Preservation Awards in an illustrated presentation, hold brief Board elections, update you on our advocacy, and offer a preview of our upcoming programs.

Don’t miss this opportunity to recognize the people and projects that bring preservation to life in Santa Monica! RSVP to our free event today.
"We are pleased to support the Santa Monica Conservancy, a valued non-profit organization which preserves the important history of the City of Santa Monica and surroundings. Since its reopening about 12 years ago, Harvey has served as a docent at the Annenberg Community Beach House, presenting detailed tours of this major historic site for the public. We encourage visitors, neighbors and friends to visit the Beach House and support the Conservancy with donations so they can carry on important work for the community."
– Ann Hayman & Harvey Kern
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Conservancy Tours & Events
Sat. & Sun., May 7 & 8, from 12-2 p.m.
415 Pacific Coast Highway
Enjoy a free tour led by Conservancy docents and learn about the rich history of the Annenberg Community Beach House site from the 1920s into present day. Tours are approx. 20 minutes and available on a walk-up basis. Learn more
Sat., May 7 at 10 a.m.
1436 2nd Street
Discover the architectural gems and rich history of Downtown Santa Monica on our highly-rated guided tour. From Art Deco to Victorian and Romanesque Revival, you’ll explore the various styles that fill the streets of our city. Tours are approx. 2 hours and cover 6 blocks. Free for members and $10 for the general public. Register
Sun., May 15 at 12 & 1 p.m.
Learn about life, history and architecture in Santa Monica in the early 1900s with docent and architect Mario Fonda-Bonardi! Built in 1897, the little house features three original rooms where you can explore Santa Monica history and learn about preservation. Tours are 45 minutes. Register
Free In-Person Tours
Sat. & Sun., May 21 & 22, from 12-2 p.m.
2520 2nd Street
Come and visit the last intact shotgun house in Santa Monica! Discover the journey of this incredible little house, which was saved from demolition and moved–on wheels–three times before being adapted into our modern-day Center. Reservations are not required. Learn more
Watch recordings of our Santa Monica Mosaic series, and discover the history and journeys of our African American, Japanese American, Mexican American, Tongva, and Jewish communities. Subscribe and enjoy our free archive today! Watch
Your donations help save the historic places you love and the stories of our community. We believe that historic preservation should improve social equity and recognize the history of our marginalized communities. Your gift to the Preservation Advocacy Fund will ensure that we can continue our important work!
Community News & Events
Exhibit open through December 23
1350 7th Street
Learn how residents built Broadway into a flourishing community of color – and how the Interstate 10 freeway destroyed it in the 1960s. Featuring advertisements, oral histories, photographs, and songs, this Santa Monica History Museum exhibit draws on the archival material collected by the Quinn Research Center. Visit museum
The Los Angeles City Council has approved the process of installing a monument that would be prominently displayed in Venice’s Windward Circle near the beach and boardwalk. The monument commemorates the Mexican and Mexican American laborers were instrumental in building rail lines in Los Angeles and across the West beginning in the late 1800s. Read more
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