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Santa Monica Conservancy's 'Shotgun House' Garners Another Award

 
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By Lookout Staff

July 21, 2017 -- A tiny "shotgun" house restored by the Santa Monica Conservancy continues to reap in some big awards, the latest coming from the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC).

The wooden house, which is a little more than 400 square feet, received one of the two Preservation Awards presented by the Los Angeles Business Council during its 47th annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards ceremony June 22.

The project to preserve the city's last remaining shotgun house -- which took an 18-year battle and $278,000 -- already has received a prestigious Governor's Historic Preservation Award and a Preservation Design Award from the California Preservation Foundation (CPF).

Santa Monica Conservancy Shotgun House
Shotgun House (Courtesy of Santa Monica Conservancy)

Built in the 1890s, the once-dilapidated structure now serves as a LEED Gold certified educational center and a model for adaptive reuse for the community.

"The honored projects provide a window into the values we hold dear and provide a path forward in how we all can improve our quality of life through beauty, function and public benefit,” said Kai-Uwe Bergmann of the architectural firm BIG, whose projects include Google's California headquarters.

The Conservancy's Preservation Resource Center was one of 45 winning projects selected from a pool of more than 200 projects, ranging from civic buildings and transportation hubs to commercial office and creative retail, conservancy officials said.

Winners were selected by a jury panel representing a cross-section of industry experts, including representatives from top architectural firms, the City of Los Angeles, developers and engineers, officials said.

Recognized for the Conservancy's Shotgun House project were the City of Santa Monica, Fonda-Bonardi and Hohman Architects, Historic Resources Group, Minardos Group and FormLA Landscaping.

The project to preserve the city's last remaining shotgun house -- which took an 18-year battle and $278,000 -- has received a prestigious Governor's Historic Preservation Award and a Preservation Design Award from the California Preservation Foundation (CPF).

The shotgun house typifies the style of house Santa Monica's early tourists and settlers occupied more than 125 years ago and earned its name because it was said that a shotgun bullet fired from the front door would fly through the house and out the back door unobstructed.

For the full list of honorees and their winning projects click here.

 


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