Made For The Citizens

Of Culver And Beyond.

Created in a reimagined historical landmark that previously housed Culver City's Citizen Publishing Company, Citizen Public Market will continue its predecessor's legacy as a central fixture of Culver City life.

The perfectly positioned plot of land was originally purchased in 1928 by entrepreneurs Eugene and Kitty Donovan, who moved to Culver City from San Francisco after surviving the great earthquake and fire of 1906. With safety in mind, the Donovans hired the architectural firm of Orville E. Clark to design a beautiful building that complied with San Francisco's earthquake building codes, as Southern California had yet to create guidelines. Focused on helping the local community thrive, Eugene reportedly instructed, "wherever possible, all materials, supplies and labor will be obtained from local sources in Culver City."

When the gorgeous building that fused Beaux-Arts classical elements with Art Deco design was complete, the Donovans opened a self-contained hometown newspaper and commercial printing shop called The Citizen. As you can see in a quote cast on the building today, the paper was "dedicated in perpetuity to the service of the people that no good cause shall lack a champion and that evil shall not thrive unopposed."

The Citizen, which printed its first issue on December 1, 1929, played an important role in the growth of Culver City throughout the 1930s—advocating for city improvement from every angle. After decades of pivotal success, Eugene and Catherine Donovan both passed away in 1948, survived by their son and grandson. Later, in 1987, the Citizen building became the first structure in Culver City to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.