The 5-acre site upon which the Beach House now sits was originally developed during the 1920s by William Randolph Hearst for actress Marion Davies. The Davies estate, designed by architect Julia Morgan, featured a mansion of 100-plus rooms and an ornate marble swimming pool. Learn more about the rich history of the Beach House from a Santa Monica Conservancy docent.
Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11am-2pm**
Tours begin at 11am, 12pm & 1pm and are limited to 15 guests.
Tours are free and last approximately 30 minutes.
No reservations are required.
**Please note, during this season the Guest House hours are subject to change up to one day in advance due to event bookings. Please view our calendar for the most updated schedule of Guest House hours or call 310-458-4904 to confirm hours the day before your visit.
Coming up in March: Julia Morgan Legacy Tours
Sun 3/1, 11am-2pm
Join the Santa Monica Conservancy as they highlight the work of Julia Morgan, a pioneering architect. The schedule includes a talk by special guest historian, and author of several books on Hearst Castle, Victoria Kastner. More details to come!
Open now through February 22
Mental Landscapes is a photography exhibit featuring a series of work from local artists of everyday landscapes where nature interacts with urban architecture. The places photographed confined the artists to work within certain limitations: from the car, in the home, through the window, and the limited view brings forth questions of POV, natural and manmade pattern formations and other questions intrinsic to art that deals with landscape.
*Please note, the Gallery hours are subject to change due to event bookings. Please call 310-458-4904 to confirm hours.
About the Gallery:
As part of the City’s ongoing commitment to provide cultural programming, a rotating exhibition program has been created to showcase the work of local artists, artist groups, photographers and curators—both emerging and established. Exhibitions are programmed a year in advance through an open call for group exhibitions issued each year in May. To receive this call and for information about other artist opportunities, please click here or visit the Cultural Affairs website and navigate to the “Artist Opportunities” page to join our mailing list. For more cultural offerings in Santa Monica, visit the Cultural Affairs website.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
In celebration of Marion Davies’ support of artists, and to further the work of artists in all disciplines, the City of Santa Monica created the Annenberg Community Beach House Artist Residency program. Several times a year a local artist works out of an office at the Marion Davies Guest House, sharing their progress with the public both in person and online. Beach House residents blog at http://beachhouseair.blogspot.com.
2015 Writer in Residence, Laurie Horowitz
January 13- February 17
Public Office Hours: Saturdays & Mondays, 11am-1pm
Laurie Horowitz began her career as a lawyer in Boston, MA before moving to Los Angeles to become an agent at CAA and then a novelist and screenwriter. Her debut novel, "The Family Fortune," was published by William Morrow in 2006, and she is at work on a new novel, titled "Hemlock Gorge."
As the 2015 Writer in Residence, Horowitz will be working from an office in the Marion Davies Guest House. If you have questions about her work, her Writer Residency experience, or would like literary advice, feel free to visit during her public office hours (listed above) or email her at email@example.com. Horowitz will also be hosting public events and an ongoing writing group (see Beach=Culture events above).
For more information email or visit her blog at http://beachhouseair.blogspot.com.
2015 Choreographer Residency
Deadline: Thursday, March 19, 2015, rec’d in office by 5:00pm
The City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division seeks applications from choreographers residing in Los Angeles County for an Artist Residency at the Beach House.
The Choreographer Residency Program offers a private office in the historic Marion Davies Guest House and access to designated open spaces of the Annenberg Community Beach House over the span of three weeks in September 2015 for the purpose of creating a work of outdoor site-specific dance. An honorarium of $3000 is available to the chosen choreographer.
Download the Call for Proposals here! For
questions about the Residency, please contact Naomi Okuyama, Cultural Affairs
Supervisor at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
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