The Santa Monica Conservancy has been awarded a $2,500 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The seed grant funds will be used to prepare a historic assessment report for the last remaining intact “shotgun” house in Santa Monica, built in the 1890s.

A shotgun house is a narrow one-story dwelling without halls. Each room is placed behind the other in single file. They are called “shotgun” houses because if one fired a shotgun through the front door, the shot would pass through the lined-up doors of each room and out the back door, though this description does not fit all shotgun houses.

Conservancy volunteers plan to rehabilitate the shotgun house and open a preservation resource center inside the house.

The historic assessment report will help guide them in those efforts.

“With these start-up dollars, the Santa Monica Conservancy joins the hundreds of other communities and organizations across the country actively ensuring that America’s architectural and cultural heritage is preserved,” said Richard Moe, president of the National Trust.

The program for dispensing small grants for local projects is administered by the National Trust Preservation Fund, which holds three competitive funding rounds annually.

Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 are awarded to nonprofit groups and public agencies and must be matched at least dollar for dollar with public or private funds.

Santa Monica Conservancy’s grant was made possible by the California Endowed Fund, a special endowment for projects in the State of California, and by an anonymous gift to the National Trust’s Western Office to support preservation projects in the Southern California area.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a private nonprofit membership organization chartered by Congress to encourage public participation in all aspects of historic preservation.

The Santa Monica Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the city’s historic, architectural and cultural heritage.

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