The last Santa Monica shotgun house saved by preservationists

  • What is thought to be the last shotgun house in Santa Monica has been preserved.
  • The house is now open as a resource center for preservationists.
  • The shotgun style dates back to the mid 19th century.

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Legend has it that the tiny house at 2520 2nd Street is Santa Monica’s last shotgun house. A shotgun house, though some argue about it’s origin, is a house built on a lot no more than about 30 feet wide, with the rooms lined up, front to back. Living room, then a bedroom (or two) and a kitchen. No hallway. And in many cases, a porch on the front. And, according to some accounts, is so named because a bullet can travel from front to back of the home without interruption. Many shotgun houses didn’t include indoor plumbing at first. Later editions did, and older versions had the convenience added, usually off the kitchen. The little house in Santa Monica came close to demolition several times - once in the late '90s, and again in 2002. By the first attempt, it was likely a century old. The latter attempt came close to succeeding. Even though neighborhood groups secured landmark status for the property, the city allowed its destruction if protocols were followed...