The Historic Gussie Moran House

May 16, 2019
by Miranda Iglesias

The Historic Gussie Moran House

The History Spotlight focuses on the landmarks, residents and stories that have shaped Santa Monica into what it is today. Content is being produced in partnership with the Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica Landmarks CommissionSanta Monica History Museum and the Santa Monica Daily Press.

The article below originally appeared in the Santa Monica Daily Press on May 13, 2019.

Gussie Moran House

1323 Ocean Avenue

Built ca. 1891, designated 1979

Consistent with the Queen Anne style popular during the late 19th century, this home is constructed of wood, displaying a deep pitched front gable, an L-shaped porch wrapping around the southwest corner, and a prominent corner tower. The use of plain and fish scale shingles creates an interesting gable pattern. This house is the last remnant of Ocean Avenue as it appeared prior to 1900, when the street was the center of Victorian residences.

The house was the home of internationally known tennis player, Gussie Moran, who ranked among the top ten female players during the late 1940’s.

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