The Santa Monica Conservancy has announced that it is presenting a record number of awards to local individuals, organizations and businesses for a host of preservation projects ranging from the city’s Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE) to single-family homes.

The awards will be presented at the conservancy’s annual meeting in the historic Miles Playhouse at Christine Reed Park in Santa Monica Saturday, January 23rd.

“We have some wonderful historic preservation efforts taking place in Santa Monica,” said Carol Lemlein, president of the conservancy board. “By presenting these awards, the Santa Monica Conservancy applauds and encourages those who embrace historic preservation which, in turn, contributes to making Santa Monica a more attractive place to live, work and visit.”

The conservancy’s David Cameron Award will be given to Eileen Fogarty, director of the City of Santa Monica Planning and Community Development Department. Fogarty led the way in formulating the November 2009 Draft Land Use and Circulation Element, a plan which recognizes historic preservation as a core community value, promotes historic preservation incentives, and integrates historic preservation into the planning process, conservancy members noted.

This particular award is presented to individuals or organizations in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments in preserving Santa Monica’s unique heritage, and for promoting the value of historic preservation in the city.

The President’s Award will go to the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation for the pier centennial celebration September 9th commemorating the history of the iconic landmark pier, which included entertaining and educational children’s programs that promoted understanding of the pier’s history.

The Restoration Award will be presented to Scott Lander for his ambitious restoration of Richard Neutra’s 1937 Barsha House at 302 Mesa Road. After years of neglect following its 1950s relocation from North Hollywood to Santa Monica Canyon, the home is now a premier example of Neutra’s innovative modernism, according to the conservancy.

Cameron Strang, the owner of a historic John Byers house at 2101 La Mesa, will receive the Rehabilitation Award for restoring the original adobe faÁade and for renovations that respect the original spirit of Byers’ Spanish Colonial Revival architecture.

The Renovation Award will go to Joy Jones, owner of 404 Georgina Ave., considered an important early (1920) John Byers adobe. Jones rescued the house from demolition and spearheaded a creative renovation that respects its original architectural character, conservancy members say.

The Adaptive Reuse Award (Residential) recognizes the creative achievement of Stephen Chao, owner of 211 Alta (formerly the La Palama Bungalow Court), for converting a multi-unit craftsman bungalow courtyard complex into a single family home, preserving its exterior architecture and streetscape presence.

For adaptive reuse of a commercial property, Red Bull North America, Inc., at 1740 Stewart St., will receive an award for transforming a vintage industrial building, originally used for manufacturing, into a unique and imaginative corporate headquarters.

The Stewardship Award will be presented to Michele Nasatir, owner of the Embassy Hotel Apartments at 1001 Third St., for her dedication to preserving the Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and decorative enrichment of this landmark building.

In addition to the Preservation Awards, the Santa Monica Conservancy will recognize two individuals for their exemplary volunteer efforts. For outstanding service, attorney Ken Kutcher of the Santa Monica law firm of Harding Larmore Kutcher & Kozal, LLP, will be recognized for his pro-bono work on the Shotgun House lease negotiations and for initiating zoning changes providing incentives to facilitate new development on large lots with small landmark structures.

The Volunteer Service Award will go to Kay Pattison for her many contributions to the conservancy’s popular Downtown Walking Tour and the Annenberg Community Beach House docent program.

The annual meeting is open to members of the Santa Monica Conservancy and their guests. Information, www.smconservancy.org/, or (310) 496-3146.

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