Discover the Neighborhood

Explore Santa Monica with our detailed and illustrated brochures and booklets. This week, we've added our 2012 Living in a Landmark Tour brochure showcasing many creative solutions to finding the balance between historic preservation and modern functionality. Thank you so much for supporting historic preservation!


Digital downloads enable you to view architectural and historical highlights of the district and learn about the evolution of the neighborhood from the comfort of your own home. Downloads are free. Donations are welcome and appreciated.

Spectacular Vernacular

Discover the architectural qualities and charm of five vintage homes throughout Santa Monica with our Spectacular Vernacular Tour brochure. Explore a cottage from 1897 as well as Craftsman and Spanish Colonial Revival residences and learn how these homeowners chose to retain their historic homes and modify them for contemporary living rather than demolish and start anew. A Google Map of sites available (free link provided in email receipt).

The Architecture of John Byers

Discover six historic locations built by master architect John Byers. Inspired by the traditional buildings of Latin America, Byers was self-taught and opened his own tile factory at 26th Street and Colorado Boulevard. Byers designed more than 200 homes in Southern California, influencing the architectural landscape of Santa Monica and the Westside. See early homes exemplifying Byers' mastery of the Spanish Colonial Revival style and his private residence on La Mesa Drive, where he lived for nearly 30 years before he died in 1966. A Google Map of sites available (free link provided in email receipt).

South Beach Neighborhood

This seaside neighborhood features an eclectic mix of architecture from American Foursquare, Craftsman and Dutch Colonial to Italian Revival, Mission Revival and more. Constructed largely between 1901 and 1905, this section of Ocean Park was the impetus for a seaside housing boom on our City's south side. Learn why much of the area was razed in the 1960s and how residents successfully advocated to protect the properties that remain today. See how these historic homes have been updated for modern life. A Google Map of sites available (free link provided in email receipt).

Adelaide Drive

Explore the contemporary and historic homes of Adelaide Drive, built in the early 20th century by wealthy pioneer families. Early residents included silent screen star Anita Stewart as well as Roy Jones, son of Santa Monica co-founder Senator John P. Jones. Today, five of these residence are still standing as designated landmarks, and the area remains popular with artists and writers, including architect Frank Gehry, cartoonist Matt Groening and author Mona Simpson. A Google Map of sites available (free link provided in email receipt).

Preservation Resource Center

Learn how a little Shotgun House built in the 1890s was saved from demolition and relocated three times before becoming our award-winning Preservation Resource Center. See photos from its long journey and how sensitive rehabilitation preserved the last intact shotgun house in Santa Monica for our community.

Downtown Santa Monica

Discover a lavish Art Deco hotel that doubled as a speakeasy during Prohibition, Downtown's first theater and more! Our beautifully illustrated Downtown Santa Monica booklet offers 28 pages of early Santa Monica history, 24 architectural sites, 3 lost buildings, a convenient walking route and a helpful glossary.

Third Street Neighborhood Historic District

Explore Santa Monica's first historic district neighborhood, designated in 1990, which protects 38 historic structures built between 1875-1930 exemplifying the early development of Ocean Park. The area preserves many circa-1900 bungalows as well as four structures from the late 1800s, including the 1893 Hostetter House as well as what may be the oldest wooden structure in Santa Monica.

COVID-19 Information

If you do go outside for a walk to view the sites listed, please remember to put six feet of distance between you and others. The latest COVID-19 updates for Santa Monica can be found here.

Printing note

If you are printing the brochure, we suggest printing double-sided and flipping on the short edge.