The Preservation Resource Center grand opening took place on Saturday, January 23, from 11 am – 2 pm at 2520 2nd Street in Santa Monica. (Read about the event and the history of the Shotgun House in the Los Angeles Times!)
Videography by Wayne Lindberg, Neel Cruz, and Hilda Weiss.
The celebration included live music by Burning Heart Bluegrass, refreshments, tours of the house and nearby landmarks, as well as activities for children.
“This event marks the culmination of many years of effort to save an important part of Santa Monica history and give it a purpose that meets contemporary needs. Members of the Conservancy worked tirelessly, building on the efforts of concerned residents, the former Ocean Park Community Organization (OPCO), the Church in Ocean Park and City officials to prevent demolition the turn-of-the-20th-century shotgun house,” said Carol Lemlein, Conservancy president. “The Conservancy developed an adaptive reuse plan, raised funds for its rehabilitation and oversaw its transformation into the Preservation Resource Center.”
The Center will provide residents and visitors the opportunity to experience the kind of structures used by early tourists and settlers in Santa Monica, as well as workshops for home and business owners, historic resources, and information about the methods and benefits of preserving older buildings. In addition, docents will offer tours using an interpretive program.
The Preservation Resource Center will be open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 2 pm, and by appointment. For more on the history of this rare shotgun house, click here.