SANTA MONICA, California

Chattel worked with the project team to develop an adaptive reuse project of the beloved 1938 City-designated Landmark, The Santa Monica Post Office, in conformance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. While a number of post offices were designed and constructed across the United States during the Great Depression, the Santa Monica Post Office, designed by local architect Robert Dennis Murray, is a particularly unique expression of the Art Deco style with elements that reflect the local bayfront community including stylized wave motifs on the exterior and a white pine wood-clad lobby that resembles the interior of ship hull.

Historic American Buildings Survey documentation was completed to comply with a mitigation measure contained in the Mitigated Negative Declaration under CEQA. Photographer Stephen Shafer worked with Chattel to assemble the documentation package.