Santa Monica Conservancy Hosts Architectural Tour Sept. 18


“You don’t have to tear it down,” affirms the Santa Monica Conservancy when it comes to updating an older home. To show how, the Conservancy will host a docent-guided tour of the interiors of five homes citywide on Sunday, Sept. 18 from 1 to 5 p.m.

These vintage vernacular homes exemplify the successful coexistence of preservation and modernization. Approaches in restoration and renovation vary across Craftsman, Victorian and Spanish Colonial Revival homes.

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The Fresco home (above, 1903) is a classic Victorian cottage that was moved in 1939 to its Ocean Park neighborhood where it was carefully restored, enhanced, and renovated.

At the Weiss-Lindberg home (1897), a one-room cottage forms the core of this two-story dwelling that has been renovated and expanded.

The Akazawa-Necci home (1916) celebrates its centennial with beautifully restored Craftsman details and its modern expansion.

Two Spanish Colonial Revival houses are featured on the tour. The Boldt-Garcetti home (1926) combines historic preservation of a Spanish Colonial Revival with innovative and green contemporary renovations.

The Allen home (1934), designed and built by Cecil Gale, features the fine craftsmanship and rich detailing of the Spanish Colonial Revival style as well as a beautiful garden.

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Advance tickets are $30/Conservancy members and $35/non-members. Admission is free for accompanied children under 12 years of age. Purchase online at, or by sending a check by September 13th to P.O. Box 653, Santa Monica, CA 90406. Include number of tickets desired, whether you are a member, and contact information such as email and phone number. Tickets purchased on the day of the event are $35/members and $40/non-members.

Tour guests will receive a brochure and map of all the sites for this self-driving (or biking) tour upon arrival at the check-in table in the DMV parking lot at Cloverfield and Colorado.

Founded in 2002, the Santa Monica Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting understanding of the cultural, social, economic and environmental benefits of preserving the historic resources of Santa Monica’s unique urban landscape. For information on programs and membership, see

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