The Santa Monica Conservancy will conduct a bus tour, Landmarks of Santa Monica, at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 30th.
The tour will be aboard a chartered Big Blue Bus, guided by Santa Monica Conservancy president Marcello Vavala.
Participants will visit Santa Monica’s historic structures on a tour that organizers say covers all parts of the city and includes architectural gems, cultural landmarks, trees and signs.
The tour highlights the city’s diverse architectural heritage, including Victorian, Spanish Colonial Revival, Art Deco, Streamline Moderne, WPA and modern- ist architecture.
Organizers say participants will see both familiar and unusual landmarks, from historic mansions on Adelaide Drive to historic commercial buildings downtown, and from the Civic Center to the Third Street Historic District in Ocean Park.
Highlights of the tour include the modernist Strick House, designed by Oscar Niemeyer; the Zephyr Surf Shop and the Teriton Apartments.
Vavala, the tour leader, is a longtime architectural researcher who has volunteered with both the Los Angeles Conservancy and El Pueblo State Historic Park and now serves as preservation associate on the L.A. Conservancy’s staff.
The Santa Monica Conservancy was founded in 2002 and since its inception has hosted various lectures and events honoring the historical and architectural history of Santa Monica.
These have included walking tours of La Mesa Drive and the Historic Third Street District, special screenings at the restored Aero Theater and a lecture series featuring such landmarks as the Phillips Chapel and the Marion Davies estate, as well as ongoing weekly walking tours of historic downtown Santa Monica.
This is the third bus tour since the Conservancy began.
Complimentary refreshments and a tour packet are provided. Seating is limited and advance reservations are required. The tour includes some walking.
Tickets are $30 per person for Santa Monica Conservancy members; $35 for non-members, and a special offer of $45 includes a ticket plus new membership.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.smconservancy.org/.
Information, (310) 496-3146.