About Us

Our Origins

The Santa Monica Conservancy was founded in 2002 after a successful grassroots effort by residents who defeated a ballot measure that would have significantly impaired the City’s landmarks ordinance. Recognizing the ongoing need for a community-based, non-governmental source of information and education about historic places and preservation, the organization was founded.

Our Mission

The Santa Monica Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to promoting widespread understanding and appreciation of the cultural, social, economic and environmental benefits of historic preservation.

How do we accomplish our goals?

  • We educate the community through tours, lectures, workshops, webinars and other programs;
  • We advocate for saving and landmarking historic buildings that connect us more closely to our community’s heritage;
  • We work closely with residents to preserve and protect historic homes and buildings; and
  • We encourage the City to improve incentives and benefits for preservation and simplify the regulatory processes for landmarking and adaptive reuse.

 Our Commitment to Education

We are dedicated to preservation education and envision a community where:

  • Community members can identify historic places and architecturally significant structures in neighborhoods with an understanding of adaptive reuse and a sensitivity to modification and changing needs;
  • School children learn about the city’s architectural heritage and historic places and why they are important to preserve;
  • Public officials support enactment and implementation of effective preservation incentives;
  • Owners know whether their property has potential historic value, appreciate its special attributes, understand that interior as well as appropriate exterior modification is possible even for landmarked structures, and are aware of incentives available to landmark owners.
  • Realtors and developers highlight attributes that make a property a potential landmark in marketing, have working knowledge of the federal, state and local tax and fee incentives that are associated with landmarked structures, and understand that historic places retain their value and help to maintain desirable neighborhood character;
  • Architects include successful adaptive reuse projects in their portfolios, help clients understand environmental and other benefits of preservation, and take advantage of incentives that encourage adaptive reuse to give properties that are potentially landmark worthy contemporary relevance and utility.
  • Visitors, local and foreign, cite Santa Monica’s historically significant structures and places, gracious neighborhoods and parks, shopping streets, historic hotels and pier as highlights of their stay and a reason for return.