The Santa Monica Public Library and Santa Monica Cultural Affairs invites you to a virtual conversation to mark the one-year anniversary of the new Fire Station 1 facility on Wednesday, July 14, 7-8 p.m.

Join Architect Rob Quigley, Artist Deborah Aschheim and Santa Monica Deputy Fire Chief Tom Clemo for a discussion on the innovative open design that invites the public into the heart of the building. Moderated by Public Art Supervisor Naomi Okuyama, the panel will also discuss the architect’s work integrating art, design and function, and the multifaceted artwork entitled Back Story that was the result of Aschheim’s multi-year embedded residency in the life of the fire station.

Fire Station 1 opened July 14, 2020, replacing the previous facility which opened in 1955. Back Story was commissioned by the City of Santa Monica Percent for Art Program, a project of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs and the Santa Monica Arts Commission. Rob Wellington Quigley Architects is a full-service architecture and planning firm, established in 1978, with offices in San Diego and Palo Alto.

Register for the free program via Eventbrite:

Complimentary copies of Back Story are available to those registered for the program at the Main Library, Pico Branch Library, and Montana Avenue Branch Library while supplies last. Back Story is available for check out from the Santa Monica Public Library.

For more information about this free, public program call Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600 or visit In-person service is available at the Main Library, and contactless Curbside Pickup service is available at the Montana Avenue and Pico Branches. For a full list of programs and library resources, as well as library locations and hours, please visit the website at

Karen Reitz, Library Manager