For the first time in twenty-five years, a Frank Owen Gehry-designed project has been filed for City review in the architect’s hometown of Santa Monica. The proposed Ocean Avenue Project is a hotel and museum campus that merges world-‐class urban design with historic preservation to create an important cultural anchor for the community.
Located on the corner of Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard in the heart of downtown, the project is being proposed by M. David Paul Associates and Worthe Real Estate Group, both with strong roots and involvement in Santa Monica.
“After 25 years, I am excited to finally design a project in my hometown of 40 years,” said Frank Gehry, Gehry Partners LLP. “The site is on Ocean Avenue, which has always stood out to me as the face of the City. The addition of ground level restaurants, retail and a museum in this location has the potential to reinvigorate Ocean Avenue, and could be a catalyst for more public amenities along Ocean Avenue”.
The 22 story, 244 foot mixed-‐use building includes a 125 room hotel, 2 condominiums, 19 replacement rent-‐controlled units, affordable housing, a public rooftop observation deck and street-level retail and restaurants.
The project also includes a new 36,000 square foot museum campus that consists of two landmarked buildings that will be adaptively reused and preserved as well as a Gehry Partners designed cultural building with exhibition space and museum plaza.
Photo Credits: Gehry Partners, LLP