This map depicts when buildings in Santa Monica were constructed. Source: Architectural Resources Group
Previous Survey Findings in Santa Monica
This map depicts parcels previously found potentially eligible for historic designation within the City of Santa Monica. Source: Architectural Resources Group
Frank Gehry House
The field team spotted Frank Gehry's house in the Northeast neighborhood during fieldwork on August 2! Between 1978 and 1991, Gehry designed an ever-evolving addition to the Dutch Colonial Revival home originally on the property (built 1920). The addition makes use of unconventional materials, such as chain-link fencing and corrugated steel.
Northeast Art Deco
This Art Deco residence in Northeast caught the field team's attention on August 2.
Northeast Streamline Moderne
The field team was impressed by this Streamline Moderne building in Northeast!
The Tinder Box
The field team took a look at the Tinder Box on Wilshire during fieldwork on August 2. The Tinder Box (established 1928) caught the field team's attention. This is the original Tinder Box store, also known as Ed's Pipe Shop. It is one of many low-scale commercial buildings from the early 20th century lining Wilshire Boulevard.
The field team enjoyed seeing the AIA award-winning Suntech Townhouses by Urban Forms (constructed 1981).
On August 4, the field team noticed Rae's (1952, A.L. Collins) in Pico. Santa Monica’s large working class population after World War II made it a popular location for coffee shops. As a result, the city was home to several prominent examples of Googie-style coffee shops (like Rae's!).
Art Deco office building, Pico
Courtyard Apartments, NOMA
Streamline Moderne Demonstration House (1937), Pico
H.M. Ehrlich House (1926)
Minimal Traditional neighborhood
Tudor Revival house, NOMA
Eclectic/Gothic house (1921)
Mrs. L.K. Worrell house (1923, Robert Stacy-Judd)
Tudor Revival bungalow court (c. 1921)
Armet and Davis apartment building, Mid-City
Storybook house, NOMA
Vanity Fair Apartments (1935, Carl R. Henderson; Landmark #25), Wilmont
Voss Apartments (1937, E.P. Fitzgerald), Wilmont
The Voss Apartments were originally known as the Fitzgerald Apartments. The cost of constructing the two-building, ten-unit complex was $20,000. The apartments were almost fully rented within a year. In 1948, a subsequent owner, T. Voss, added additional units in two buildings constructed at the rear (east) of the Fitzgerald buildings.
Dog mural spotted on 8.10.2016
Eclectic house, Pico
Streamline Moderne bungalow court
Harvelle's Blues Club, downtown
Central Tower Building (1929, M. Eugene Durfee; Landmark #103), downtown
Keller Block (1892, Carroll H. Brown; Landmark #87), downtown
Bay Cities Guaranty Building (1929, Walker & Eisen; Landmark #63), downtown
Commercial building, 1928, downtown
Bungalow, 1908, Ocean Park
Bungalow court, Sunset Park
Bungalow court, Sunset Park
Tudor Revival apartment complex, Wilmont
Tudor Revival house, Ocean Park
One of Santa Monica’s oldest theme restaurants, Chez Jay (1657 Ocean Avenue), was opened by Jay Fiondella in 1959 on the former site of the Dawn Motel. The nautical-themed restaurant reflected the interests of its owner, who loved boats, and was an adventure seeker and treasure hunter. Among his adventures; backing a salvage mission on the Andrea Doria, a liberty ship in Oman, gold mining, and reclaiming old war planes. Fiondella also made the newspaper when his beloved home-built ship fell from a transport trailer in Culver City and had to be destroyed before the hull ever touched water. Chez Jay was well-known as a staple eatery and drinking establishment for nearby RAND Corporation employees. The restaurant is associated with a significant amount of local folklore. One story that has been confirmed is that Alan Shepard smuggled one of Chez Jay’s signature peanuts to the moon.
Horatio West Court, Irving Gill
In 1919, Horatio West Court, designed by pioneer modernist Irving Gill, was constructed in Ocean Park. Horatio West Court is one of the most architecturally significant commissions of Gill’s career. Located at 140 Hollister Avenue, the Modern-style apartments are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and are designated as City of Santa Monica Landmark #10.
Shotgun House, Ocean Park
The Shotgun House is now the Santa Monica Conservancy's Preservation Resource Center.