"Construction is on schedule." That's John Berley, an associate at architecture firm Frederick Fisher and Partners, and a project manager at the Annenberg Community Beach House, talking about the $28 million renovation of the former Marion Davies estate in Santa Monica.
While there was a contentious debate about what to do with the estate, the Annenberg Community Beach House project will combine the historic Marion Davies Estate with "new facilities that include a pool house, event house, gardens, a children’s water play feature and a public art element," according to Santa Monica Surf. Yes, "it's incredibly unique," to have a public pool on the PCH, Berley told us, adding the pool will be open to all residents (LA, Santa Monica, otherwise) by this time next year, but it'll be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Start suiting up! [All images/previous construction photos via Frederick Fisher and/or 415 Site]
· City's 415 Site [Official Site]
· Beach Controvery Ends With A Whimper [Curbed LA]