The Santa Monica Conservancy will be recognizing exemplary
contributions to the preservation of Santa Monica’s architectural and cultural
heritage by honoring individuals, building owners and architectural firms at its
Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 24.
is frequently an ongoing process representing dedication and investment over
many years,” said Carol Lemlein, President of the Board of the Conservancy. “We
are delighted to showcase these accomplishments, some of which began a decade or
more before the Conservancy was founded in 2002.”
Conservancy’s President's Award will be presented William and Lenore Lambert for
the example set by their stewardship of the Biedler-Heuer Building at 2701-2705
Main Street, home of businesses Jadis, Paris 1900, and the Chinois-on-Main
banquet hall. The Lamberts, second
generation owners, approached the Landmarks Commission about the building during
a discussion about the historic structures on Main Street. After it was designated, they wondered
how anyone would know
it is a City landmark and
recently erected a historic plaque describing its
Attanasio and Katie Jacobs, owners
of the Isaac Millbank House at 236 Adelaide, and their architect, Kelly
Sutherlin McLeod, will receive a Restoration Award for their comprehensive
restoration of this distinguished landmark home. The Millbank residence is a shingle-clad
Craftsman designed and built in 1911 by the notable architectural firm, the
Milwaukee Building Company.
Photo Courtesy of Kelly Sutherlin McLeod
Renovation Award will go to 2240 6th Street, a modest, single-story Craftsman
home, built in 1915, which was carefully restored on the exterior. The interior was beautifully modernized
with a contemporary open plan. Owners John Given and Daphne Dennis collaborated with architects Hank
Koning and Julie Eizenberg (KEA) to create an inspiring example for other
homeowners. The Given/Dennis and
KEA collaboration first began in 1984 with an equally transformative addition
that has become a studio apartment.
Adaptive Reuse Award will be given to NMS Properties and their architects,
Killefer Flammang, for preserving a unique historical artifact, a World War II
Quonset hut, keeping its historic exterior intact while the interior was
remodeled, making it a focal point for its new mixed use complex at
8th and Broadway.
owners of the Horatio West Court in Ocean Park, Bill Creber, Margaret
MacLean, Wende Watt and Barbara Whitney,
will receive a Stewardship Award for their exceptional dedication to the
preservation of this significant multiple-unit project by architect Irving Gill.
The successive owners of the Court have, for over four decades, restored,
preserved and maintained the four units in pristine original condition and have
created a landscape setting that is compatible in spirit.
Photo by Brian Thomas Jones
Rehabilitation Award will be given to Community Corporation of Santa Monica for
rehabilitating a significant number of older multi-family homes over several
decades, both historic and non-historic, thereby giving renewed life to the
city’s existing housing stock while fulfilling their mission of expanding access
to affordable housing. The example below is 2303 5th Street, a 6-unit
Craftsman built in 1912.
Rubin and David Conrad will be recognized with the Advocacy Award for their
leadership in the campaign to protect and preserve the “Chain Reaction”
sculpture created by Paul Conrad, a signature part of the Civic Center and Santa
Monica’s first landmark work of public art.
International in Santa Monica will receive the Conservancy’s Outstanding Service
Award for its ongoing support of the Conservancy’s weekly Downtown Walking Tour.
The Hostel offered use of its facilities for the initial docent training in
2007. Management and staff have continued to provide use of the lobby and the
Rapp Salon as gathering places for the tours and have always welcomed our
docents and tour guests. The Hostel
partnered with the Conservancy in one of its most important educational
year’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service goes to Stephen and Christy
McAvoy. Although not residents of
Santa Monica, this couple has given extraordinary service to the Conservancy.
Steve has devoted considerable energy, leadership and expertise as Vice Chair of
the Conservancy’s current capital campaign. Christy has been invaluable to the
Conservancy’s docent program at the Annenberg Community Beach House, providing
both written materials and lectures to train docent volunteers and to educate
the public about the history of the Beach House.
Conservancy’s Annual Meeting, which is free and open to the public, will be held
on Sunday, February 24 from 2 – 4 pm in the Associated Telephone Building at
1314 Seventh Street, just north of the Main Library in Downtown Santa
known as the GTE building, this Art Deco structure will soon showcase a restored
exterior and interior spaces accommodating creative office uses.
member Philip Orosco has generously provided the space, enabling Conservancy
members and guests to witness the transformation of this important historic
building by his firm, Pacshore Partners. Jenna
Snow of Chattel Inc., Historic Preservation Consultants, will give an overview
of the building’s history and current renovation plans.
more information and to make reserve seats, see www.smconservancy.org
or call 310.496.3146. Reservations
are requested by Wednesday, February 20.
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