The Santa Monica Conservancy will celebrate the first year of operating its Preservation Resource Center out of the landmark Shotgun House. Opening remarks will be presented by Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole and National Trust for Historic Preservation Field Director Chris Morris. The event will feature music, refreshments, kids’ activities and docent-guided tours of new exhibits in the Shotgun House and of the landmark Merle Norman house on 3rd Street, a Mediterranean Revival home with stunning Art Deco appointments built for the famed cosmetics entrepreneur in 1935.
Historian Alison Rose Jefferson, PhD., will be on hand to discuss African-American history in Santa Monica. At 2 pm, after the celebration, the Ocean Park Library will present an illustrated talk about Ocean Park history by longtime Santa Monica resident Richard Orton.
The rehabilitation of the Shotgun House is an award-winning model for adaptive reuse that showcases an important piece of Santa Monica’s history. Since opening its doors one year ago, the Resource Center has welcomed and educated over 1,600 residents and visitors.
The event is free and online reservations are recommended. Metered street parking and paid parking are available in nearby city lots. The Resource Center is also accessible by bicycle and Big Blue Bus (Route 8, Ocean Park & Main stop).
2520 2nd Street, Santa Monica
Saturday, January 28, 11 am – 2 pm