About Us

The Santa Monica Conservancy was formed as a 501 (c) (3) public charity in August 2002 by a group of residents who wanted to celebrate and protect Santa Monica's unique architectural and cultural heritage.

Many of the organization’s founders coalesced to oppose a ballot measure that would have significantly impaired the City of Santa Monica’s landmarks ordinance.  After successfully defeating the measure, these residents recognized the ongoing need for a community-based, non-governmental source of information and education about historic preservation and the city’s historic places.

The member of the Conservancy’s Board of Directors are drawn from a broad cross-section of Santa Monica and Westside residents.  Working through its committee structure, and with limited contract administrative support, the Board and a cadre of dedicated volunteers are responsible for conceiving and executing all Conservancy programs.

Our Mission

The Santa Monica Conservancy works to promote widespread understanding and appreciation of the cultural, social, economic and environmental benefits of historic preservation. Through educational programs, assistance and advocacy, the Conservancy reinforces the importance of preserving the historic resources of Santa Monica’s unique urban landscape.

Please feel free to contact us with questions or comments.