Dozens of Santa Monica Conservancy members, friends, and neighbors came out last Saturday morning to watch the Shotgun House as it was towed through the streets of Santa Monica and then carefully positioned at its new home on 2nd Street, ready for construction of the foundation to begin.
The Shotgun House is a survivor from the early days of Ocean Park when many simple cottages were built for the visitors and new residents attracted by the City’s beaches and coastal climate.
The small board and batten structure was formerly located on private property at 2712 Second Street and was land-marked by the City of Santa Monica in 1999.
It was moved out of storage at 16th and Colorado at 8 am last Saturday to City-owned property at Norman Place and Second Street, only two blocks from its original site.
When the rehabilitation is complete, the new Center will be a base of operations for the Conservancy, offering programs and resources to help the Santa Monica community and its visitors understand the methods and benefits of historic preservation.