Five Questions for Catherine Conkle
Meet Catherine Conkle, the Conservancy’s youngest Board Member, Project Designer at Sheridan Group and Santa Monica native. Catherine is also the Founder of Preservation Next, a special Conservancy group which aims to foster the next generation of preservationists by celebrating the architectural heritage of Santa Monica and promoting widespread appreciation of the cultural, social, environmental, and economic benefits of historic preservation. 
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Why did you start Preservation Next?

CC: I started Preservation Next with the goal of creating focused opportunities for a new generation of preservationists to become involved in the work of the Conservancy. I support the Conservancy because I love the city and value our historic spaces. Historic preservation helps us tell the story of our community, while also celebrating architecture, design, and sustainability. 

The most recent Preservation Next event was a private tour of the Eames House in the Pacific Palisades. Those interested in joining the group's email list to learn about future events should reach out to [email protected].

We'd love to hear a bit more about your career. Does your passion for historic preservation inform your work in Project Design?

CC: I currently work at Sheridan Group, a furniture dealer based in West LA that handles commercial projects including office, education, and multi-family residential spaces. I help space plan and select furniture pieces for our clients from brands like Herman Miller and Knoll.

My passion for the history of architecture and design is what brought me into the field. I love learning about the inspirations and motivations of the people who create the built environment. Now, in my role as a project designer, I get to be a part of that process of developing a space that will serve a community - hopefully for years to come!

Does your experience living in Santa Monica impact your design practice as well?

CC: Yes! There is so much creativity and freedom of expression on display in this city. I feel lucky to have been raised in such a vibrant and diverse community. It has always been an inspiration to me.

Do you have a favorite historic building in Santa Monica?

CC: My favorite historic building is my childhood home on Georgina Avenue. It is a Spanish Colonial Revival built in 1930. Growing up in an older home definitely helped develop my appreciation for historic preservation.

If you could choose to spend a week living during one of Santa Monica's historical periods, which would be your first choice and why?

CC: I would love to visit in the 1940s. So many iconic buildings in the city were built during that time and in the decades just before. It would be cool to see them in their original context and condition. Also, my grandparents moved to the area during the 40s as a newly married couple. Seeing how they experienced the city at that time would be amazing!
Preservation Resource Center: Porch Report
Repairs in process
Repairs complete
We are sprucing things up in honor of the Conservancy's 20th Anniversary and the 5th Anniversary of the PRC! Last week, Conservancy staff and volunteers managed repairs to the Shotgun House porch including: 

  • Re-leveling of sand-set pavers at the front walkway
  • Replacement of damaged wood deck with new custom milled boards to match historic and stained a weathered grey color
  • Reconstruction of porch support framing to correct waterproofing issues
  • Incorporation of ventilation under the deck to allow new boards to breathe

Stay tuned for more announcements related to our 20th Anniversary!
Announcing the next Santa Monica Mosaic!
An Enduring Spirit:
The Church in Ocean Park
We are excited to announce the next installment of our award-winning mosaic series! On Sunday, August 28 at 5 p.m. please join us on Zoom to discover how the birthplace of the City’s progressive movement has become a cornerstone of social justice, even as it strives to repair and reopen a damaged sanctuary. Free for members and $10 for non-members.

More details and a registration link to come!
The Tabit Ventures team at 401 Ocean Ave.
Photo: Tabit Ventures Team at 401 Ocean Avenue
The Santa Monica Conservancy has been a great organizational partner. They were available for consultation on our recent 401 Ocean Project. Their depth of knowledge and their reach into the community has been extraordinarily helpful. Their Preservation Awards program was also a terrific educational tool about the project.

Our company, Tabit Ventures, recently gave an award to Board Members Carol Lemlein and Nina Fresco for their advice and support. Every company can benefit from an association with the Conservancy. They are a respected nonprofit in Santa Monica with a pulse on preservation and how to make our city the best that it can be. We supported each other in our mutual goals and have a beautiful project now completed that is both historic and preserved as well as new.

– Mark Tabit, Tabit Ventures
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Conservancy Tours & Events
Fri.-Sun., July 22, 23 & 24, 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 Marion Davies Guest House, which was built by William Randolph Hearst for actress Marion Davies. The hottest spot on Santa Monica’s Gold Coast during the 1920s, guests included Charlie Chaplin and Greta Garbo. The 20-minute tours are available on a walk-up basis. Learn more
Sat., July 23 & 30 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
PRC Stephen Schafer shotgun house
Limited July Hours
Free In-person Tours:
Sat. & Sun., July 30 & 31
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
Our June 2022 print newsletter is now available online. Meet our new Co-Executive Directors Kaitlin Drisko and Allison Sampson, get updates on the work of our Advocacy Committee and Docent Council, and more! Read now
Community News & Events
PastForward 2022 National Conference
National Trust for Historic Preservation
November 1-4, 2022
Registration is open for the annual PastForward National Preservation Conference, to be held November 1-4, 2022. This year’s virtual program will explore three themes; Historic Preservation is Climate Action, Encouraging Inclusion and Diversity Through Preservation, and Understanding Preservation’s Role in Real Estate Development. Register
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2022 Conference - Full Recordings and Resources
California Preservation Foundation
The full set of recordings and resources from the California Preservation Foundation's 2022 Conference are now available to purchase online.
Santa Monica History Museum
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. Explore the advertisements, oral histories, photographs, and songs from archival materials collected by the Quinn Research Center. Visit 
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