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A Decade of Preservation: 10th Anniversary Celebration

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Over 100 members and friends celebrated the Conservancy’s 10 years dedicated to historic preservation with a party at the future home of the Preservation Resource Center in Ocean Park. There was something for everyone – tours, a scavenger hunt, blue grass music by Brax Cutchin and the Lazy Roosters, cake, and a drawing featuring donations from many local businesses.

Our thank yous are numerous:

  • Our neighbors: Fred di Maio at the Merle Norman Building, Tobi Smith and Mike Snow at the California Heritage Museum, and Karen Rietz and Greg Mullen of the Santa Monica Library.
  • City TV, for filming the event, Fabian Lefkowitz, who featured it on Santa Monica Close-up, and StoryBank Productions, who conducted video interviews.
  • Steve McAvoy for obtaining commendations from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the State Office of Historic Preservation.
  • Nina Fresco, who developed the scavenger hunt, and Jim Bianco and Lisa Mead, who opened their home on 3rd Street.
  • Our event committee:  Sherrill Kushner, Chair, Nina Fresco, Susan Eve, Dwight Flowers, Ruthann Lehrer, Carol Lemlein, Gigi Smith, Diane Locklear, Libby Motika, Ruth Shari, Denise Simon, Christie Smith and Jane Wiedlea Koehler.
  • The additional Conservancy volunteers who pitched in to help: Margaret Buchheit, Tom Cleys, Mario Fonda-Bonardi, Chris Gray, David Kaplan, Eric Natwig, Dick Orton, Mike Salazar.

And last but not least, the generous local businesses who made donations:

  • 66 to Cali at the Pier
  • Albertsons
  • Angel City Press
  • Hennessey + Ingalls Bookstore
  • Perry’s Beach Café and Rentals
  • Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Santa Monica/Westside YWCA
  • Soda Jerks at the Carousel
  • Trader Joe’s

 10th Anniversary Officially Recognized!

The Conservancy received commendations recognizing its 10th Anniversary from the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors and from the State Office of Historic Preservation, as well as a mention in the closing remarks at the annual California Preservation Awards by Cindy Heitzman, Executive Director of the California Preservation Foundation.

From the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors “in proud recognition of your 10th anniversary as an all-volunteer organization devoted to enhanced understanding of the numerous benefits of historic preservation and to promoting incentives, policies and programs to encourage landmarking and adaptive reuse and cultivating a deeper appreciation of the rich architectural legacy of the Santa Monica community.”

For more about the Conservancy’s plans to rehabilitate the City’s landmark 1890’s shotgun house as the Preservation Resource Center, click here.

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