Annenberg Community Beach House

Annenberg Community Beach House

This opulent beach estate was originally designed by Julia Morgan and developed by William Randolph Hearst for actress Marion Davies in the 1920s. Following massive destruction by the 1994 Northridge Earthquake and extensive public engagement, the Annenberg Foundation granted the City of Santa Monica funds to realize its vision of the property as a year-round public beach house, swimming pool, and gallery for community events. The design of the new buildings and grounds, as well as the cultural programming, tell the story of site, its unique place in the physical and cultural landscape, the three historical figures who shaped it, and of a private site transformed into a public universally accessible resource.


City of Santa Monica


5 acres


Santa Monica, California



Project team

  • Frederick Fisher Partners Architect
  • AdamsMorioka Graphic Design
  • Charles Pankow Builder
  • Historic Resources Group Historic Consultant
  • Roy McMakin Artist


  • United States Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification


  • 2012 American Society of Landscape Architects, Southern California Chapter, Historic Preservation and Restoration Design
  • 2011 California Parks and Recreation Society, CREAM Best of the Best
  • 2010 Architectural Foundation of Los Angeles, Merit Award
  • 2010 American Planning Association, Los Angeles Chapter, Planning Landmark Award
  • 2010 California Preservation Foundation, Preservation Design Award
  • 2010 Los Angeles Business Council, Civic Award
  • 2010 Los Angeles Conservancy, Preservation Award
  • 2010 National Park Service, Designing the Parks, Merit Award for Site Design
  • 2009 California Park & Recreation Society
    Facility Design Achievement Award
  • 2009 American Public Works Association Best Project of the Year
  • 2009 Design Build Institute of America, Western Regional Award in Rehabilitation/Renovation/Restoration
  • 2009 Southern California Development Forum, Civic Award
  • 2009 Westside Urban Forum, Westside Prize Honor Award, Public/Institutional/Built Work