Open the Doors: Donate Today
Photo: Santa Monica Daily Press
Founded in 1898, the Church in Ocean Park was built in 1923 and has been at the center of many progressive causes that have shaped Santa Monica. A diverse interfaith church dedicated to social justice, it has advocated for racial justice, women's and LGBTQIA+ rights, rent control, and Save the Pier. The church founded the Ocean Park Community Center (now The People Concern), the Queer Prom for LGBTQIA+ teens, the Committee for Racial Justice, and Climate Action Santa Monica and provided the first offices for the Liberty Hill Foundation. 

This historic Church was also at the forefront with the Santa Monica Conservancy in the fight to save our 1897 shotgun house. The Church not only appealed the demolition, but on the day of the demolition in 2002, it joined in an emergency coalition of residents, the Ocean Park Community Organization, the newly-formed Santa Monica Conservancy and the City of Santa Monica to stay the demolition so that our shotgun house could be moved off the lot to safety.
Photo: The Church in Ocean Park
A contributor to the Third Street Neighborhood Historic District, this nearly 100 year-old building is now critically threatened and the Church in Ocean Park needs your help to Open the Doors again! The sanctuary ceiling has partially collapsed, which has made the building unsafe for use until the sanctuary is fully restored. The Church must now unexpectedly raise more than $300,000 to address this disaster. 

Donate today! Your support will help to make the Church whole again and enable it to continue its important work with disabled people, children’s peace camp, Committee for Racial Justice, LGBTQIA+ rights, women's rights, interfaith efforts, the Encouragement Group (a bereavement support group) and much more. Please give today!
Call for Nominations
Submit your nominations by March 14
The American Colonial Revival-style courtyard apartments at 423- 429 Ocean Avenue, a historic landmark, was awarded a 2021 Rehabilitation Award. Photo: David Kaplan / Santa Monica Conservancy
We are seeking nominations for our 2022 Preservation Awards, which will be announced at our Annual Meeting in late spring. Each year we honor exemplary projects and contributors to the preservation of Santa Monica’s architectural and cultural heritage.

Since 2004, award-winning projects have included residences as well as commercial and institutional buildings of all sizes. These projects have entailed restoration, renovation, rehabilitation and adaptive reuse as well as additions to historic buildings and homes. Awards are also presented to individuals for their stewardship of historic properties as well as for community service as volunteers and advocates of preservation.

To nominate a project, person, structure or group for a 2022 Preservation Award, please download the 2022 Preservation Award Nomination Form and email it to [email protected]. Include the name of the project or person and provide a brief statement about your nomination. The deadline for nominations is March 14, 2022. To view past awards, click here.
In Memory of Diane Locklear
A loyal member of the Conservancy since 2009, Diane passed away on November 4 at the age of 73 in her Ocean Park home.
Diane’s steadfast support of the Program Committee included assistance with tours, lectures, salons, holiday parties and more. Whether it was set-up, food service or the welcome table, there were few events where her warm and welcoming presence wasn't felt.
Born in San Diego, Diane grew up in Dubuque, Iowa before moving to Santa Monica. Her 40-year career at 20th Century Fox included working as a personal assistant to Rupert Murdoch.

The Conservancy will miss Diane and we send our condolences to her family.
"Years ago, we were drawn to the designs and politics of William Morris. As we learned about the Arts and Crafts movement, we realized there were period bungalows in Santa Monica, and we could tour them with the Santa Monica Conservancy while supporting preservation work in our own town."
– Kathleen Sheldon & Steve Tarzynski
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Upcoming Tours & Events
Free Guided Tours
Fri.-Sun., Feb. 25-27
Open from 12-2 p.m.
Once the site of a grand 110-room mansion designed by Julia Morgan for William Randolph Hearst and silent film actress Marion Davies, the property was a “hot spot” on Santa Monica’s Gold Coast where Hollywood celebrities came to enjoy the sun, the sea and fabulous parties. Join Conservancy docents to learn about the rich history of the Annenberg Community Beach House site from the 1920s into present day. Tours are approximately 20 minutes and available on a walk-up basis.
Sat., Feb. 26
Tours start at 10 a.m.
1436 2nd Street
Members Free / $10 General Public
Discover the architectural gems and rich history of Downtown Santa Monica on our highly-rated guided tour. Begin your journey at the City's first landmark, the Rapp Saloon, a beer hall that served briefly as City Hall. Visit the British pub where Jim Morrison played his first show, see Santa Monica’s best example of a Queen Anne Victorian residence, and conclude your tour at a lavish Art Deco hotel that housed a speakeasy during Prohibition. Tours are approximately 2 hours and cover 6 blocks. Reservations suggested.
Sat. & Sun., Feb. 26 & 27
Open from 12-2 p.m.
Come and visit the last intact shotgun house in Santa Monica, which now serves as an award-winning Preservation Resource Center for our community. Built in 1897, the little house features three original rooms where you can explore Santa Monica history and learn about preservation. Young guests will also enjoy the miniature model house decorated with Victorian-era furnishings. Masks are required indoors. Walk-ups are welcome and reservations are not required.
Annenberg Community
Beach House
Sunday, March 6 at 1 p.m.
Celebrate the life and legacy of Julia Morgan, California’s first licensed woman architect, with the Conservancy and Annenberg Community Beach House at this live virtual event. Morgan left a legacy of more than 700 projects in her nearly five decades of practice. At the Annenberg Community Beach House, Morgan designed the Guest House and pool, which comprise the site’s historic core. Victoria Kastner, Morgan expert and biographer, will be our guest speaker at this year's celebration.
Exploring Their Historic and Cultural Contexts
Our recording of The City Hall Murals is now available. With issues of racial inequity and social justice at the forefront of our national consciousness, Santa Monica City Hall’s historic murals have come under criticism for not reflecting our contemporary values. Join our three outstanding speakers to explore the cultural and historic contexts of the City Hall murals, created in 1938 and 1939 as part of the Works Progress Administration program by artist Stanton MacDonald-Wright.
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