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It’s a marvelous column. I think it’s a great idea. And Congratulations to you, this is just a great page!
Thanks for the terrific six-part series on historical properties in Santa Monica. I've collected the whole set (first one on the block!) and can plan my own walking tour. A number of these in the Third Street District I've actually walked past (though I now can review with information on many of them). For a future installment, why not consider the Masonic Lodge (restored FF the Northridge Quake to look as it did in the late twenties when built...well, not the exact store fronts on the bottom) on the corner of Santa Monica Blvd and 10th Street? We live behind it and consider it "our" building, though we only shop there on occasion...sorry, we don't have any info or stories about it for you.
As for the Third Street District, I've mentally "taken home" at least several houses. Thank you for this enlightening edition to our paper this summer.
Your column DAYS ON THE MARKET is always interesting to read, and I stick it in the glove compartment "just in case". It is interesting to see the LA TIMES today, running an article about Harris architecture, but more important, ideas for seeking information on our own homes.
Mine was built in 1929 for $6750 for Mrs. Mary C, Tilden 3923 W Sixth, LA and the builder was Tom Hinds & Co. Being curious about all the stones, the water washed ones, the heavy ones, etc. I went to the Library and studied maps indicating a stream originating in the SM mountains and running diagonally to the ocean, appearing to cut through the south side of my property. Small sinkholes confirm this geology.
Enjoy your work!
I am so glad that you are working to publicize historic landmarks through the Santa Monica Daily Press. I gather this will be a regular feature that you will write. Please keep in mind that the Santa Monica Conservancy is a wonderful resource and we'd be happy to help in any way we can to supply you with information. If you're not a member, please let me know and I'll send you a membership form. Our mission is to preserve and recognize the economic, social and cultural benefits of preservation in Santa Monica. We invite you to check out our web site at www.smconservancy.org <http://www.smconservancy.org> we are a non-profit, all volunteer organization that sponsors programs and tours and appear before City Council and commissions when appropriate.
We'd love to have you become a member.
Dear Ms Summers,
Enjoyed your history of Ocean Park real estate column ("THE BIRTH OF A CITY: OCEAN PARK ROOTS FIRMLY PLANTED") in Wednesdays SM Daily Press, in fact I learned some wonderful history. But what about the big white Queen Anne house at the NW corner of 241 Marine Street and 3rd? I heard it was built in the late 1800's. Shouldn't it be a landmark property too? There is a picture in the Omelet Parlour on Main Street of Santa Monica a hundred years ago and that house at 241 Marine is in the photograph, one of the only ones existing at the time it was taken.
(Also, if 1895 was when OP or SM was founded, should next year be a celebration of some kind ya think?)
Thanks again for the historical treat,
p.s. This is not intended as a solicitation if your property is already listed with another agent.