During the 60 or 70 years between the founding of the royal Presidio in 1782 and the creation of an American system of streets, “downtown Santa Barbara” comprised about 5 dozen adobes scattered around the presidio quadrangle which centered on the future intersection of Santa Barbara and Canon Perdido Streets. These adobes were scatttered around in a helter-skelter fashion with no regard for the compass points. Continue reading “Santa Barbara Neighborhoods: Downtown” »
These are the names of the great architects who influenced Santa Barbara’s Mediterranean Style Architecture, 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 rebuilt in the Spanish/Mediterranean style architecture of today through her wide-ranging influence and tireless advocacy. To learn more about Pearl Chase Society, click here. Continue reading “Learning About Santa Barbara Architecture” »
About 100 people gathered last Tuesday morning at the Santa Barbara Courthouse to celebrate the sounds and sights of landmark renovations of the Courthouse Clock and Spirit of the Ocean fountain.
With an enthusiastic crowd countdown at 11 a.m. sharp, the sound of the courthouse bells began chiming, driven for the first time in more than 80 years by the fully renovated courthouse clock, and water once again flowed from the meticulously restored Spirit of the Ocean fountain. Continue reading “Santa Barbara Courthouse Clock Up And Ticking!” »
When you think of Santa Barbara, most people probably think sunny warm beaches, old Spanish homes with glorious views or red tile rooftops lining the downtown corridor. Coming from the competitive golfing family that we are, we think golf.
Some of the finest golfers, both PGA and Amateur, made their home in Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara has donated to the golf world Al Geiberger, 11 PGA wins, 11 Champions Tour wins, Buddy Allin (10/13/44-3/10/07) also a Pate Family relative, with 5 PGA wins, Continue reading “Santa Barbara = World Class Golf” »