Have you seen the construction fence in the parking lot across from the Ocean Park Library? We have a building permit! This was the final required step in the approval process for the rehabilitation of the Shotgun House as the Preservation Resource Center.
The actual date has not yet been set, but as soon as it is, you will be invited to witness the house move from 14th and Colorado to the final destination at 2nd Street and Norman Place. We’ll tell you just as soon as we know!
The Conservancy has put together an activity guide for local schoolchildren that uses our “Moving Day” to help students think through the process of a house moving and changes in the local community. The activity booklet was created to teach children about historic preservation and sustainability. The guide describes the importance of the Shotgun House, how it will be moved, and how to prolong a structure’s lifespan through reuse. Click here to view the activity guide: A House on the Move.
Fourteen years ago a largely unaltered 1890s shotgun house was nearly demolished and with it an important part of Santa Monica history. But due to the combined efforts of concerned residents, the former Ocean Park Community Organization (OPCO), the Santa Monica Conservancy, and the City of Santa Monica, the house was saved and designated a landmark. Now, after more than a decade in storage, the house will move to its permanent site on Second Street across from the Ocean Park Library where it will soon become the Conservancy’s Preservation Resource Center. It will take its place among a cluster of other historic buildings, including the California Heritage Museum, Merle Norman Cosmetics office, the Carnegie branch library, and the Third Street Neighborhood Historic District.
The transformation of the Shotgun House into a Preservation Resource Center is supported by a $1.6 million fundraising campaign that includes hiring the Conservancy’s first executive director and expanding programming and community education. The Resource Center will be a clearinghouse for practical, user-friendly information about historic resources in Santa Monica and the methods and benefits of preserving older buildings while serving as a model for how older structures can serve contemporary needs.
Click here to learn more about the history of the Shotgun House.
Ahmanson Foundation Mesa West Foundation
Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation National Trust for Historic Preservation
Friends of Heritage Preservation Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors,
Brummitt Energy Associates, Inc. Mary Effron Landscape Design
The City of Santa Monica Merrihew’s Sunset Gardens
Cox Paint Minardos Group
Crown Disposal Co, Inc. Santa Monica Bay Area Plumbing
Engineering Economics, Inc. Nels Stemm, Fairview Partners
Fonda-Bonardi and Hohman Architects Scott Christiansen + Associates
GBWORKS/Zinner Consultants Smith Pipe Supply Inc.
Harding Larmore Kutcher and Kozal Snyder Diamond
Historic Resources Group Spectra Company
John Merchak Painting
Armbruster, Goldsmith + Delvac, LLP Levin + Associates
Charmont Partners LTD/The Sovereign Morley Builders
Restoration Partners Southern CA Edison
Harding Larmore Kutcher + Kozal, LLP
Anonymous Nina + Rob Fresco
AM Allen Tom Fuller + William Kelly
Margaret + Danilo Bach Ruthann + Bob Lehrer
Barry + Sharla Boehm Carol Lemlein + Eric Natwig
Joel Brand + Kristina Deutsch Mary Marlow + Mark Kreher
Ken Breisch + Judy Keller Steve + Christy McAvoy
Sara + Robert Cannon Susan + Kevin McCarthy
Tom Cleys Carole + Sid Meltzner
Mike Deasy George Minardos
Willam Delvac Neary Family
Kaitlin Drisko + Bob Knight Nancy O’Neill
Clare + Jim Ellinger Laurel Schmidt + Dunford King
Leah + Sam Fischer Barbara Whitney + Kate Whitney Schubb
David + Barbara Kaplan Rolfe Wyer + Doris Sosin
Sherrill Kushner John Zinner
Additional support was contributed by many generous businesses and individuals who will be recognized at the grand opening of the Preservation Resource Center.
Have you made a donation? Click here to make your contribution today! Your gift – of any amount – will help make the Preservation Resource Center a success, educating the community about the why, the how, and the benefits of historic preservation!
The Santa Monica Conservancy is pleased to invite you to our 2014 Annual Meeting and Preservation Awards, hosted by Hotel Casa Del Mar. Our program will include an illustrated talk about the early days of the Santa Monica beachfront by historian Ernest Marquez, the recipient of our 2012 President’s Award.
Click here for information about the the Conservancy’s 2014 Preservation Awardees
At the turn of the twentieth century, Santa Monica was a sleepy community. With the construction of the Santa Monica Pier in 1909, followed by the opening of amusement attractions in 1916, the town began to transform itself into a burgeoning seaside resort. By the 1920s, the surge in construction had produced hotels, ballrooms and other attractions that drew thousands of tourists. Catering to the area’s wealthy, luxury clubs debuted along the beachfront, offering unparalleled settings and amenities to their members. These luxury clubs defined the new Santa Monica, but their reign would be short-lived with most closing following World War II.
The Club Casa Del Mar building, completed in 1926 as one of the City’s grandest beach clubs, stands today as a reminder of Santa Monica’s development as a prominent beach resort community. Los Angeles-based architect Charles F. Plummer designed the Italian Renaissance Revival Style building, one of the few examples of such in Santa Monica. At its peak, the club boasted upwards of 2000 members.
After the club’s closing, the building was occupied by the Synanon Foundation and then the Pritikin Longevity Center. Edward Thomas Company acquired the property in 1996 and, after an extensive $50+ million renovation, reopened it as Hotel Casa Del Mar in 1999. The property was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2000, following a nomination prepared by Historic Resources Group, the firm responsible for designing and overseeing the rehabilitation. As one of the only remaining examples of the 1920s beach clubs that once dominated Santa Monica’s coast, the Club Casa Del Mar building represents an important link to the City’s past.
For more about the Conservancy’s plans to rehabilitate the City’s landmark 1890’s shotgun house as the Preservation Resource Center, click here.