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Fairview Library

Project Information

The first Fairview Branch was opened in 1931 on 20th Street and was only 15 feet wide. In 1942, this store front library was replaced by a new building located at 2030 Pico Boulevard.

In 1956, the Fairview Branch Library moved to its present location. During the war years, the population of the southeastern area of Santa Monica had grown dramatically due to the defense industry boom at Douglas Aircraft. The influx remained in Santa Monica following the war's end and the return of servicemen and women eager to start families.

Designed by architect Weldon Fulton, it is a classic mid-century modern building. The original furnishings came from Eames, Knoll Associates, and Remington Rand.

A community room was added in 1978 and other facility improvements were made in 2002. The current building size is 7,735 square feet.

This project reconfigures the reception, office, kitchen and staff break areas to provide separate public and staff kitchenettes, two staff offices, a staff break room and an upgraded, reduced size receptionist area. Three single pane window units, numerous plumbing fixtures, water heater, interior lighting and electrical and HVAC systems are being be replaced to increase energy and operational efficiency and improved comfort for library patrons and staff.

The project reopened on June 1, 2016.

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Construction for this project is underway, but is contained within the project area and there are no construction impacts in the public right of way.

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Project Contacts

City Project Manager: Voneelya Simmons (310) 458-2205

City Construction Manager: Christopher Dishlip (310) 458-2205

Contractor: JR Universal

Project Status: Closeout
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