The Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach
Client: The City of Santa Monica
Date completed: April 2009
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Program: A 27,000-square-foot multi-use public beach recreation facility. Set on 5 acres, the site features a historic guesthouse, event house, pool and pool house, guest services, restrooms, and restaurant.
Design concept and solution: This project includes the historic Marion Davies Estate guesthouse and pool, originally designed by Julia Morgan and built in 1928 by William Randolph Hearst. The main estate house, designed by William Flannery, was razed in 1956 by the state to make way for a parking lot. Frederick Fisher and Partners Architects restored the surviving pool’s mosaic tile and transformed the guesthouse into a community center, which features exhibitions of the site’s history. An interpretive footprint of the estate house is now painted onto the parking lot, which is situated behind a new event house and pool house.
Gross square footage: 27,000 sq. ft.
Site size: 5 acres
Total construction cost: $31 million
Funding: The Annenberg Foundation
Frederick Fisher and Partners Architects
12248 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90025
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