The Santa Monica Conservancy is seeking volunteers for a new docent
training class for the Annenberg Community Beach House at 415 Pacific
The Conservancy, in partnership with the City of
Santa Monica, trains docents to give guided tours of this acclaimed
The Annenberg Community Beach House has a fascinating history,
a place where Hollywood and Santa Monica intersect.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.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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