We would love to hear from you about historic places that are important in your neighborhood. We are particularly interested in the lesser-known places that might have shaped your community. 

These places may be important for a broad range of reasons, including architecture or landscape design; association with an important person; social, cultural and/or ethnic heritage; residential development, commerce, or industry. 

The Citywide Survey Update will consider all properties dating from 1977 or earlier. All information received from the community will be considered by the project team, and potential resources will be reviewed using professional standards for evaluation.

Tell Us about resources important to the history of Santa Monica!

For neighborhoods or historic districts, describe the boundaries of the area.
e.g. residential neighborhood, park, house, school, commercial building, business district, street, natural feature, etc.
Date of construction for a building or structure; general period of development for a neighborhood or commercial area (e.g. early 20th century, post-WWII, etc.)
e.g. architecture and design qualities, association with an important person, association with an important event, etc.
e.g. people, organizations, other sources
The City of Santa Monica may publish *
By completing this form, you are giving the City of Santa Monica Planning and Community Development Department and their contracted historic resources survey team permission to publish your comments on the website and in other educational materials. We will not publish your contact information.

How should I decide what to identify?
In considering which resources to identify, think about the following questions:

  • What are the neighborhoods, commercial areas, and landscapes that have distinctive architectural or cultural characteristics, or reflect important aspects of social history or planning and development? What qualities of these places make them important?
  • What sites or buildings have been gathering places or focal points of your community over the years?
  • Which buildings and districts may have been associated with important architects, builders, designers, developers, or engineers whose work helped define the character of your area?
  • Which resources shaped social movements or the cultural evolution of your community?
  • Which resources are associated with important people in Santa Monica history?

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Banner photograph: Aerial photograph of Wilshire Boulevard, the Palisades, and Palisades Park
Source: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection