Santa Monica Lookout
|Santa Monica Conservancy Center Celebrates 1,000th Visitor||
By Lookout Staff
August 25, 2016 -- Santa Monica's historic "shotgun house" reached a milestone last week when the 1,000th visitor walked through the doors of the Santa Monica Conservancy's Preservation Resource Center housed in the tiny 1890s structure.
Mike and Megan Lampkin, who live in the Ocean Park neighborhood near the center, were presented with a book about shotgun houses after they pushed the visitor count over the millenial mark, Conservancy officials said.
"The Lampkins are originally from the Bay area, and although they are neighbors and have walked the neighborhood many times, this was their first visit to the Shotgun House," officials said.
The center, which opened in January, has been visited by Santa Monica residents as well as guests from other states and countries, including Australia, Germany and Colombia, officials said.
"One visitor, former resident Karen Noonan, shared her experiences of actually living in this Shotgun House in the 1960s, nearly 60 years before it was rehabilitated and re-purposed by the Conservancy," officials said.
The battle to save and reuse the shotgun house -- which originally carried a $100 price tag -- took 18 years and $278,000 ("Saga of Santa Monica's Shotgun House Ends Back on Second Street," January 19, 2016).
Before finally being transported by tractor-trailer to its current site at 2520 Second Street last year, the wooden structure was moved repeatedly and kept in storage for years.
The structure, which now houses an interactive center, offers a close-up look at the type of houses Santa Monica's early tourists and settlers lived in more than 125 years ago, Conservancy officials said.
The center also provides information about the methods and benefits of preservation, officials said. The information helped at least five homeowners this year understand the requirements for formal designation of their historic properties, resulting in two preparing applications.
“Providing such assistance demonstrates the value of our Center as a readily accessible resource for preservation help,” said Conservancy president Carol Lemlein.
The Conservancy's efforts to save and reuse the structure will be recognized with a Preservation Design Award from the California Preservation Foundation (CPF) at its gala on September 29th, officials said.
It is among 25 winning projects recognized for "their exemplary work in historic preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, sustainability, studies, reports and other significant categories in the preservation field and showcase preservation design excellence," officials said.
The Preservation Resource Center is open to the public from 11 am to 2 pm every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday as well as by appointment. For further details see the Conservancy website, www.smconservancy.
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