The Annenberg Foundation, which contributed heavily to the revitalization of the former Marion Davies Estate in Santa Monica with a $27.5 million grant, has been honored by the Santa Monica Conservancy with its President’s Award.

Conservancy officials said the foundation’s role was critical to the restoration of the former estate property as the new Annenberg Community Beach House at 415 Pacific Coast Highway. The President’s Award was presented to Annenberg Foundation managing director Leonard Aube during a ceremony attended by about 300 people Saturday, May 9th at the newly opened public beach club.

“We are delighted to give this award to the Annenberg Foundation, whose visionary support, under the leadership of Wallis Annenberg, has revitalized this historic treasure and turned it into an asset for the entire community,” said Santa Monica Conservancy president Carol Lemlein.

The beach house is open to the public and includes beach club amenities, modern event rooms overlooking the sand and a historic pool. Docent-led tours are available at the restored guest house, designed by Julia Morgan. The conservancy’s docent-led tours of both the new and historic portions of the facility are free and offered throughout the week. Information about tours, www.smconservancy.org/.

Information on the Annenberg Community Beach House, http://beachhouse.smgov.net/.

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