Santa Monica Lookout
Santa Monica Conservancy Announces Winners of Preservation Awards
By Lookout Staff
February 18, 2013 -- The Santa Monica Conservancy announced its 2013 Preservation Awards, singling out owners who have renovated, restored and adapted historic buildings to new uses.
The eight awards, including the new Advocacy Award, will be handed out at the Conservancy's Annual Meeting on February 24.
The Conservancy will giving NMS Properties, Inc. -- one of Santa Monica's biggest developers of residential housing - - the Adaptive Reuse award for restoring a World War II-era Quonset hut. The half-cylinder steel structure sits on NMS's new mixed use complex at 8th Street and Broadway.
The President's Award will be given to William and Lenore Lambert “for the example set by their stewardship of the Biedler-Heuer Building” at the corner of Main Street and Hill Street, officials said.
“The Lamberts, second generation owners, approached the Landmarks Commission about the building during a discussion about the historic structures on Main Street,” officials said.
“After it was designated, they wondered how anyone would know it is a City landmark and recently erected a historic plaque describing its significance,” they said.
Hostelling International will receive the Conservancy's Outstanding Service Award for supporting the Conservancy's weekly Downtown Walking Tour.
“The Hostel offered use of its facilities for the initial docent training in 2007,” officials said.
“Management and staff have continued to provide use of the lobby and the Rapp Salon as gathering places for the tours and have always welcomed our docents and tour guests,” they said.
Local Peace Activist Jerry Rubin will be honored alongside David Conrad with the Conservancy's first-ever Advocacy Award.
The Conservancy’s Annual Meeting, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Associated Telephone Building (also known as the GTE building) at 1314 Seventh Street, just north of the Main Library in Downtown Santa Monica.
For more information and to reserve seats, see www.smconservancy.org or call 310-496-3146. Reservations are requested by February 20.
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