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Annenberg Community Beachhouse
RECLAIMING PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE COAST
Annenberg Community Beach House, Santa Monica, California
RECLAIMING PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE COAST
Annenberg Community Beach House

Santa Monica, California | 2010 | 3 Acres

Design Team: Fredrick Fisher Partners, Studio-MLA, Historic Resources Group, Pankow, AdamsMorioka, and Roy McMakin
Client/Owner: City of Santa Monica and The Annenberg Foundation. 
Photos: Grant Mudford

Once the largest private beach house in the country, the Marion Davies estate was purchased by the State of California in 1959, which continued operating it as a private beach club. In 2009, grant funding from the Annenberg Foundation allowed the City of Santa Monica to redevelop the estate as a year-round public beach house. Studio-MLA worked with architect Frederick Fisher Partners to design the reinvented grounds from concept through completion. The landscape helps tell the story of site, its unique place in the physical and cultural landscape, three historical figures who shaped it, and of a private site transformed into a public, universally accessible resource. Annenberg Community Beach House has the first ADA accessible path down to the water, and is a LEED Gold certified development. The design earned awards from the National Park Service, the California Parks and Recreation Society, California Preservation Foundation, and the Los Angeles Business Council, among others.
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