Mapping Santa Monica’s Designated Landmarks

Oct 28, 2010 by Lisa Newton

In case you didn’t already realize, I’m a big lover of maps. When I was young, my father used to get out a big atlas and start quizzing me and my siblings on various important landmarks on the maps.

In fact, when I was in the 7th grade, one of the first activities my US History teacher did was quiz the entire class on about which were all of the nation’s capitals, and yours truly was the only student who knew them all.

I’m not sure if I still remember them all–but if not, I know that I can always refer to a map to find out.

So, when I came across a list of the City of Santa Monica’s Designated Landmarks (PDF), I became very excited, because you must have been living under a rock during the years Google has developed an application with their maps division—aptly titled Google Maps, which comes in extremely handy in having them as a trusted guide, as well as it is equally useful in creating various types of maps which literally span the globe in a person’s ability from their favorite places, guides, or walks, and the numerous applications which show how usefulness as “a map” of the world its become useful for ordinary people and programmer it’s really become.

Established in 1975, the stated goal of the Landmarks Commission of Santa Monica was clear from the beginiing:

To protect improvements and areas which represent the City’s cultural, social, economic, political and architectural history; safeguard the City’s historic, aesthetic and cultural heritage; and promote the use of landmarks and historic districts for the education, pleasure and welfare of the people.

Contained within Santa Monica’s 89 Designed Landmarks are several trees, many apartment buildings, private houses, and of course, one very large park. Unfortunately, some older landmarks have been made way for the new, hey but that’s what we call “progress,” right? Well, to be perfectly honest, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

But, each of the remaining Santa Monica Designated Landmarks does indeed offers a unique look at a small city–but one with a rich and varied cultural and vital history.

I’m sure you have probably passed by many of these houses, without even realizing–or knowing–their significance.

All of the information to create this map was obtained from the City of Santa Monica Planning and Community Development Department.

Last updated on June 12, 2009, the Designated Landmarks list map shows approximate locations and if you click the icons, you’ll find more information, for example, the date it was designated, the time it was developed, the name of the architect or builder, etc..

Bear in mind many of these map locations were done specifically for you–Travelin’ Local’s readers, to have some fun exploring many of Santa Monica’s past historical and cultural historic locations:


View Santa Monica Landmarks in a larger map

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One Response to “Mapping Santa Monica’s Designated Landmarks”

  1. Carren says:

    Great find! One never thinks to look for history in Santa Monica. :)

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