Applications Open For Annenberg Community Beach House Docents

Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014, 9:20:00 AM

Mirror Staff

The Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach is a public facility located on five acres of oceanfront property.
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The Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach is a public facility located on five acres of oceanfront property.

The Santa Monica Conservancy is seeking volunteers for a new docent

training class for the Annenberg Community Beach House at 415 Pacific

Coast Highway. 

The Conservancy, in partnership with the City of

Santa Monica, trains docents to give guided tours of this acclaimed

site.

The Annenberg Community Beach House has a fascinating history,

a place where Hollywood and Santa Monica intersect. 

A palatial

estate was erected in the 1920s by William Randolph Hearst for his

lifetime companion, actress Marion Davies. 

They entertained on a

grand scale for film luminaries and international celebrities. 

The

site evolved over time to become Ocean House Hotel, the Sand and Sea Club,

and ultimately to the recreational and cultural center it is today, thanks

generous funding from the Annenberg Foundation, and in partnership with

the City of Santa Monica and California State Parks.

Tours provide

information on the three remarkable individuals most closely associated

with the site – media magnate William Randolph Hearst, movie star

Marion Davies, and architect Julia Morgan, who designed the Guest House

and pool that remain from the original estate. 

Designed by Fred

Fisher Partners Architects, new buildings and outdoor facilities pay

homage to the historic estate, while providing a contemporary activity

center that was recognized with a gold LEED rating for sustainable design.

Volunteers

are required to attend three Saturday afternoon lectures from 2 – 4

pm on April 5, 12 and 19 at the Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th St. in

downtown Santa Monica.

Onsite training follows, and the formal training is

supplemented with written material in a docent manual. The service

requirement is 6 hours per month, in two shifts of 3 hours each.

New

docents will be joining an enthusiastic and dedicated group of volunteers

who have been staffing the site since the Beach House opened in April

2009.  Docent application forms are available from

info@smconservancy.org, and are due by March 29. 

For questions or

more information, call 310.496.3146 or visit www.annenbergbeachhouse.com.

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