Kristina 2010 300x225 - ARCHITECT  for  the NEW  SANTA  MONICA  HISTORY  MUSEUMNoted local architect Kristina Andresen was pleased, when her firm was selected for the new Santa Monica History Museum commission, as she already knew the founder Louise Gabriel and the wonderful board members, from her extensive community work.

Her childhood was spent in Indianapolis and then on to Ball State University, where she earned degrees in Architecture and Environmental Design.   After working her way through college, she moved to Florida, specializing in hospitals and met interesting people when redesigning the famous Everglades Country Club in Palm Beach.  Several years later,  Andresen moved to Beverly Hills, where she had friends from architecture school and worked for Maxwell Starkman Associates on major high-rise office buildings and condominiums.

The recession of 1982 changed her path.   Architecture firms were closing up shop as she founded Andresen Associates,  with her first client Lorimar Studios – they had eight shows on prime-time television and ‘Who Shot JR’ was the question of the day on Lorimar’s hit ‘Dallas’.

She has had many high profile entertainment clients, including MGM, Disney Feature Animation (designing the buildings where Lion King and Beauty and the Beast were produced), Liberty Livewire Studios, Todd-AO Studios, Telepictures and many post-production and recording facilities, where she acquired a specialty in acoustics.   Her firm has designed many technology intensive facilities, not only for studios, but including education buildings, laboratories, galleries and museums.

Always busy with architectural work, Andresen is also an active community member whose many civic involvements include membership on community boards:   Upward Bound House [housing for low-income seniors and transitional housing for homeless children and their parent(s)];  President of the SM College Board of Associates, which brings programs and speakers to the campus for the enrichment of students and the community;  the Rotary Club of Santa Monica, a recent Director responsible for community literacy programs,  programs to support our Police and Fire Departments and the Santa Monica School System;  the Chamber of Commerce, Board Member;  Chair of the City of Santa Monica – Building and Safety Commission.

Kristina has received several prestigious awards, including YWCA’s Santa Monica/Westside ‘Woman of the Year Award’ and the Chamber’s ‘Roy E. Naylor Lifetime Achievement Award’.

Kristina Andresen photo - ARCHITECT  for  the NEW  SANTA  MONICA  HISTORY  MUSEUMThe Santa Monica History Museum was founded by Louise and Bob Gabriel in 1988.   Bob and Louise’s long-time vision of a permanent home for the Museum has been fulfilled.   With the terrific board and staff, they opened the new facility in October of last year.

The historical artifacts, images and history of our city is exhibited in the state-of-the-art 5,300 square foot suite, within the new public Library.    The Library was designed with space for the Museum in mind.   The public spaces in the Museum will allow for large gatherings and programs, by opening up a moveable wall between the Morley Builders Research Library and the exciting Lobby, both with beautiful vaulted ceilings and a custom crystal chandelier designed by Andresen.  All public spaces are designed to be multi-functional, while combining the needs of today’s technology rich environments and creating a traditional influence, reflecting the history of our great Santa Monica !


The Museum also documents the history of the famous Donald Douglas Plant at Santa Monica Airport, with an exhibit that patrons can walk into, showcasing a DC-3 cockpit and artifacts.

The DC-3 Monument Park and Plaza designed by Andresen, opened last year at the airport.   It displays a restored DC-3, built in 1942 at the Donald Douglas Plant, and was underwritten by the Employees Community Fund – the Foundation for Douglas / Boeing of CA employee contributions.

Please visit the beautiful new home of the Santa Monica History Museum at 1350  7th  Street !

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