Santa Monica Conservancy Announces 2013 Preservation Awards

Friday, 15 Feb 2013, 1:38:00 PM

Mirror Staff

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.



Reuse Award


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

Monica.  Better

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

or call 310.496.3146. Reservations

are requested by Wednesday, February 20.

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