The Santa Monica Conservancy is looking for a few volunteers to serve as docents for the Annenberg Community Beach House off Pacific Coast Highway.

Volunteers will be asked to attend three lectures and on-site training and dedicate at least six hours per month to giving free public tours of the former estate of silent film actress Marion Davies and her lover, publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst. The original, five-acre oceanfront property was built by famed architect Julia Morgan and included a mansion with 100-plus rooms and an ornate marble swimming pool.

Thanks to a $27.5 million grant from the Annenberg Foundation, the city of Santa Monica was able to restore the historic pool and guest house, the only structures that remained from the original house, which was demolished after being damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

Lectures for docents will take place on Saturday afternoons in March and April at the Ken Edwards Center.

The Saturday afternoon lectures are:

March 12: Historian Marc Wanamaker on Hollywood ’s Gold Coast and author Cari Beauchamp on Hearst.

March 26: Documentary filmmaker Elaina Archer “The True Story of Marion Davies.” Docent Kay Pattison on Hearst and Davies.

April 9: Christy McAvoy, Historic Resources Group, on historic structures. John Berley of Frederick Fisher Partners, which designed the new buildings at the beach house, will talk about rehab and new construction.

The lectures are also open to non-docent attendees, who will be asked for a small donation for the conservancy’s educational programs.

Since its opening in April 2009, the beach house has become a destination for recreation, cultural events, meetings and tours.

Docent applications are due by March 9 and are available at For more information call (310) 496-3146.

The Santa Monica Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating the city’s architectural and cultural heritage.

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