Structural engineer Scott Christiansen (from left), contractors Dale and Cindy Morimoto (Archisys Inc.), master carpenter Serge Levesque, and Renevation Award winners Richard and Keiko Kuyama with daughter Katie

Structural engineer Scott Christiansen (from left), contractors Dale and Cindy Morimoto (Archisys Inc.), master carpenter Serge Levesque, and Renevation Award winners Richard and Keiko Kuyama with daughter Katie

You might say their mission is to protect and preserve.
Santa Monica Conservancy hosted its annual meeting and 2015 Preservation Awards ceremony on Feb. 8 at the historic Casa del Mar hotel in Santa Monica, where board members Nina Fresco and Mario Fonda-Bonardi gave an update on the pending opening of its Preservation Resource Center at the rehabilitated landmark Shotgun House. Built in the 1890s, the Shotgun House once stood at 2712 Second St. and is now located at 2520 Second St.
Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown and Santa Monica Conservancy President Carol Lemlein made introductory remarks before local historian Alison Rose Jefferson delivered a talk titled “Diversity, Real Estate, and Remembrance in Santa Monica.” Jefferson summarized her research on the “Inkwell,” the Jim Crow era-spawned beach site (adjacent to today’s Casa del Mar) that remained an important gathering place for African-Americans even after racial restrictions at public beaches were overturned by 1927. The location was historic enough for the city of Santa Monica to install a monument at Bay Street and Oceanfront Walk officially recognizing the “Inkwell” as well as paying tribute to the first documented surfer of African- and Mexican-American descent, Nick Gabaldón, in 2008.
Formed in 2002, the Santa Monica Conservancy is a nonprofit organization devoted to the appreciation of “the cultural, social economic and environmental benefits of preserving the historic resources of Santa Monica’s unique urban landscape.”
For more information, visit smconservancy.org.
— Michael Aushenker

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