Workshop to Discuss Uses for Beach Parcel

The city of Santa Monica will hold a community workshop Sunday to discuss the future of a state-owned, five-acre beach parcel at 415 Pacific Coast Highway.

Built in 1928 as an estate for actress Marion Davies, the parcel was bought by the state in the 1960s for $1.1 million to make a parking lot, which was never built, said project architect John Dutton.

It was privately leased and operated as the Sand and Sea Club until 1990, when Santa Monica began to use it as a summer facility and year-round banquet hall.

In 1994, many of the site’s buildings were closed because of structural damage from the Northridge earthquake, Dutton said.


Davies’ mansion was demolished long ago, but the original guest house still stands, along with remnants from the beach club--two cabana buildings, a banquet building, a restaurant, a pool and a paddle tennis court, he said.

Proposals for the site include a park, a recreation area with volleyball and handball courts, a meeting center and a beach club.

The workshop will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th St.