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Sunday, March 21, 3-4pm
Free Virtual Event, Register Here
The Beach House and Santa Monica Conservancy present a special commemoration of architect Julia Morgan, California’s first licensed woman architect. Join Morgan scholar Karen McNeill, Ph.D. for her talk entitled Julia Morgan and the Men Who Built Hearst Castle. A leading expert on Julia Morgan, Dr. McNeill's work focuses on women and gender in the architectural profession as well as how Progressive Era women used the built environment to expand their roles society as consumers, reformers, educators, and professionals. Dr. McNeill has published multiple articles on the subject, with another about the Paris years due next fall.

Noted for her collaboration with William Randolph Hearst to create Hearst Castle in San Simeon, Morgan left a legacy of more than 700 projects in her nearly five decades of practice. Posthumously awarded the AIA’s highest honor, a Gold Medal, her brilliant and pioneering work continues to gain public recognition. At the Beach House, Morgan designed the Guest House and pool, which comprise the site’s historic core. Dr. McNeil’s work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Autry National Center, the Bancroft Library, and the University of California Humanities Research Institute. Beyond her work on Julia Morgan, she has taught history and architectural history at colleges and universities in the San Francisco Bay Area and has been involved in historic preservation. She is currently Senior Family Historian at Ascent Private Capital Management of U.S Bank and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, supporting the past, present, and future of women in architecture and engineering.   




























Beach House Update as of 3.02.2021

It's been a while, and we're still missing you! While everyone is staying safe, we're bringing the Beach House to you with #BeachHouseBliss, #GoldCoastMoments, and virtual Beach=Culture programs  follow us on Instagram or Facebook or sign up for our newsletter to stay in touch. 

Below is a guide of what is open to the public. We'll be back 
as a restorative place with refreshed recreational and cultural programs as swiftly as possible. Stay tuned and stay well!

Open - subject to change

  • Parking Lot 
  • Playground
  • Back on the Beach Café  
    • Separately operated, call café to confirm hours and services, 310.393.8282 
  • Beach Restrooms  
  • Water Fountain 
    • LACDPH recommends bringing your own water or water bottle to fill
  • Wi-Fi  
  • Beach, with accessible walkway


Closed - until further notice 

  • Volleyball courts 
  • Gated Area: includes courtyard, splash pad, view deck, Marion Davies Guest House, Gallery  
  • Guest Services
  • Pool & changing rooms
  • In-person programs

City of Santa Monica’s Health & Safety Requirements 

  • Face coverings are required.   
  • Stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) apart from others.  
  • Wash hands frequently.  
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.  
  • Stay home if you are sick.  
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The Beach House is a unique community destination. With spectacular views, splash pad, playground, gallery, Marion Davies Guest House, beach courts & fields, community & cultural events, historic pool, free wi-fi, and more, there's something for everyone to enjoy!  As an event space like no other, the Beach House provides the perfect setting for your next meeting or celebration, accommodating groups as intimate as ten to celebrations for 400, also available for film and photo shoots.   
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Update on Filming & Photo Shoots 
The Beach House is now available for filming and photo shoots. We offer a modern space with a mix of contemporary and historic architecture, a Julia Morgan designed pool, and ample parking.  For information and to arrange a tour of our site call 310.458.4934 or email beachhouseevents@santamonica.govThe Beach House is working closely with the City of Santa Monica and FilmLA to operate safely in accordance with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health guidelines.   

Update on Private Events

The Beach House is currently not available for events or site tours. We are able to answer questions about hosting your meeting, retreat, or special occasion. Please call 310.458.4934 or email for details on hosting an event at the Beach House. We look forward to meeting and celebrating with you. 

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*The Beach House is closed to the public until further notice and all in-person programs are currently suspended. 
Click below on ArtSaMo for upcoming Beach=Culture virtual events!

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*The Beach House is closed to the public until further notice and all in-person programs are currently suspended. Until we reopen, please enjoy a virtual visit to Marion’s Beach House - Past to Present.   

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Youth Volleyball
Suspended until further notice

Suspended until further notice

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Adult Volleyball
Suspended until further notice



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