Last Chance to Register!
Sunday, November 6th from 5-6:30 p.m.
Free for Conservancy Members and Students
General Admission $10
Proper Hotel; Photo by Steve Loeper; Howard Laks, Architect; Robert Chattel, Historic Architect
Don't miss this exciting program!

Giving old buildings fresh purpose through adaptive reuse conserves resources, helps the environment, saves the city's historic heritage and preserves a sense of place and identity.

Join us Sunday, November 6th from 5-6:30 p.m. for an exploration of adaptive reuse through the stories of several high profile projects in Santa Monica. These include:
Pono Burger, once a military building now a hamburger restaurant. Presented by KFA, LLP Partner John Arnold, AIA.
The Proper, an office building now an upscale hotel and office complex. Presented by Howard Laks, AIA, principal at Howard Laks Architects, and historic architect Robert Chattel, president of Chattel, Inc.
The Conservancy's own Preservation Resource Center, formerly a shotgun house. Presented by Mario Fonda-Bonardi, AIA, Principal of Fonda-Bonardi & Hohman Architects.
In addition, preservationist and Conservancy Board member Ruthann Lehrer will present snapshots of other notable projects from around Santa Monica.
The program concludes with a look at the future of adaptive reuse with the highly anticipated Ocean Avenue Project developed by Worthe Real Estate and designed by Pritzker-Prize winning architect, Frank Gehry. The project will be presented by Historic Architect Robert Chattel.
Admission to Everything Old is New Again is free for Conservancy members and students and $10 for the general public. Click here to become a member and enjoy discounts on this and future events.
Candidates for City Council Share Their
Thoughts on Historic Preservation
Santa Monica City Hall
City Council members make crucial decisions - on landmark nominations that are appealed, on zoning constraints and incentives, and on other matters affecting the survival of our cultural resources. To help our members and friends evaluate the candidates' understanding and knowledge of their important role in protecting and revitalizing our cultural heritage, we sent them each the same questionnaire.

Follow the link below to read the questionnaire and the candidates' responses.
The Conservancy's Top Twenty Achievements, Part Five
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

The Civic Auditorium is an example of space age mid-century modernism designed by master architect Welton Becket. The building has operated in a limited capacity since 2013. Although plans for full revitalization and reuse of the designated landmark have yet to be realized, the Conservancy has played a key role in putting the issue on the public agenda. We provided leadership to the “Save the Civic” Coalition beginning in 2012, bringing together those motivated by the memories of the events and concerts it hosted and those who value its architecture and technology to support its revitalization. We also provided leadership to the City’s Civic Auditorium Working Group in 2015, developing a plan for the auditorium's revitalization and reuse.

To learn more about the Civic Auditorium building click here. And click here to read about the Belmar Triangle, a historically African American neighborhood that was displaced to make way for the civic center expansion in the 1950s.
Hosting the California Preservation Foundation's Preservation on the Edge Conference

In 2011 The Santa Monica Conservancy was selected by the California Preservation Foundation to host their annual state conference, an enormous undertaking for the young organization. The conference theme was Preservation on the Edge.

Conservancy leaders served on the Steering Committee alongside representatives from other local preservation groups and the statewide committee. The conference, headquartered at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel, set an attendance record, bringing hundreds of preservation supporters and practitioners from across the state, as well as local residents who were exposed to the work of the Conservancy for the first time.
Remembering Barry Boehm
We note with sadness the passing of long-time member and generous donor Barry Boehm, who resided at 518 Adelaide Drive. After opening his home for several Conservancy tours, he decided that he wished to have it designated as a Santa Monica Landmark. Built in 1925, the house is an outstanding example of French Tudor Revival architecture and was highly intact inside and out, with fine detailing.

The Conservancy assisted with the application, and subsequently with the creation of a plaque which is now mounted at the property. Mr. Boehm was immensely proud of his house and believed it should remain in place to be enjoyed and appreciated by future generations. It is one of five designated landmarks on Adelaide Drive that anchor us to our past and our architectural history amidst many newer homes on that unique street along our northern border.
Conservancy Tours & Events
Friday-Monday, from 12-2 p.m.
November 4, 5 & 7 (closed November 6), 11-14, 18-20 (closed November 21) & 25-28
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
Saturdays at 10 a.m.
November 5, 12, 19 & 26
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 approximately two hours and cover six blocks. Free for members and $10 for the general public. Register
PRC Stephen Schafer shotgun house
Free In-person Tours from 12-2 pm
Wednesday, November 16
Friday-Sunday, November 25-27
2520 2nd Street
Free Virtual Tours
Sunday, November 20 at noon
Come and visit the last intact shotgun house in Santa Monica this weekend! 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. Learn more
Community News & Events
PastForward 2022 National Conference
National Trust for Historic Preservation
November 1-4, 2022
Content available online
until January, 2023
It's not too late to register for the National Trusts' annual PastForward National Preservation Conference, going on this week! The online format means that most sessions and workshops will be available to registrants for the next three months. Register
Gabrielino-Tongva Springs Foundation
1439 S. Barrington Avenue, LA
(on the grounds of University High School)
Open house this Saturday, November 5
10 am - 3 pm

The Kuruvungna Sacred Springs tells the story of Santa Monica's earliest inhabitants, the Tongva people. Extensive traders and master artisans, the Tongva inhabited villages throughout the Los Angeles Basin and on the Catalina and San Clemente Islands. Learn more
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 the archival material collected by the Quinn Research Center. Learn more
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