Reginald Johnson,George Washington Smith,
Edwards and Plunket, Lutah Riggs, William Mooser III
These are the names of the great architects who influenced
often under the guidance of Civic Leader, Pearl Chase.
After the 1925 earthquake, Ms. Chase made
it her mission to see that Santa Barbara downtown was
rebuild in the Spanish/Mediterranean style architecture of
todaythrough her wide-ranging influence
and tireless advocacy.
to learn more about Pearl Chase Society, click here
40 Village Property Agents were invited
Walking Tour of Downtown Santa Barbara
to learn more about the
Spanish Colonial Revival Style Architecture
which characterizes our beautiful City.
On the steps of the Court House Sunken Gardens
Architect Anthony Grumbine taught
us about "Cyma Recta", "Fascias" and
"Bed Moulds" which characterize
Spanish Colonial Architecture
We were all handed sample drawings
to trace so that we would "get the feel" for
these details and recognize
the classic Spanish Colonial Revival
design decorations when our eyes sought
them out on the buildings we were going
photo of Anthony explaining Cyma Recta
The Santa Barbara County Court House
occupying up a full block
walking up Santa Barbara Street
Anthony explained how this later example showed
a less formal application of the style
On to the stately University Club
at 1332 Santa Barbara Street which had been
converted from a Victorian to a Spanish Colonial.
The new solid construction of the rebuilt structure
allowed it to survive the 1925 earthquake
here's a photo of the former University Club
building known as "Calkin's Castle"
Currently the Club still features some of
and interior Victorian style decoration
crossing the street towards the beautiful
Our Lady of Sorrows Church
located at the corner of Anacapa and Sola Streets.
Built in 1928 after the original Church, located on
the corner of State and Figueroa, was completely
demolished in the 1925 earthquake.
San Francisco Architect Edward Eames
used heavy steel beam construction to meet
future possible emergencies.
Anthony pointing to the entrance and beautiful window
walking past an example of the City of SB's
Commitment to creating beautiful
low-cost housing on Sola Street
Heading towards State Street and the
entrance of the charming Arlington Theater,
also an Edwards and Plunket Design
A view of the side alleyway of the Arlington
Theater under consideration for
restoration to its former grandeur
The tallest building in Santa Barbara. It
will most likely remain a first and last.
Also of note is the beautiful Santa Museum of Art
Anthony informed us that this was
originally built as a US Post Office
Victorian architecture still remains on Victoria Street
Back where we began at the Court House
where the Clock was recently restored.
for docent tour information of the Court House, click here
Thank you Anthony Grumbine for your
enthusiastic and educational tour of our
We Villagers are now more able to share
the history of our gorgeous Santa Barbara!
Thank you Ed Edick and Renee Grubb
Village Properties Brokers
for your amazing leadership!
Thank you fellow Realtor, Louis Almaraz for
sharing your wonderful photos!
Thank you Architect husband,
Doug Reeves AIA
for designing our home to be
our version of Mediterranean Architecture!
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