209 State St
Designation Status: Designated City Landmark
Assessor Parcel Number: 033-042-012
Historic Name: Southern Pacific Railroad Station
This two-story Mission Revival building is laid out in a complex, irregular plan. A medium pitch side gabled roof covering the main, two-story central section of the building has wide eaves and rounded rafter tails. A one-story section on the east-southeast end has a hipped roof while another one-story section on the east-northeast end of the building has a side gabled roof. A wrap-around, open-air first floor porch is supported by thick columns that lead up into arches. Beneath the porch's flat roof projecting wooden roof beams jut out. An ornate parapet with a quatrefoil window and globular finials caps the porch. Fenestration consists of double hung and fixed windows with square and triangular panes.
Another building on site is one-story, symmetrical, and laid out in a simple, linear plan. Its design bears influences of the Mission Revival Style. A medium pitch side gabled roof caps the building. Brown metal molded designed to resemble ceramic tiles covers the roof. Narrow eaves extend from the gable sides. No eaves extend from the shed sides. Stucco clads the masonry walls of this building. A porch held aloft by thick wooden beams and brackets extends over the principle entryway facing the railroad platform. Fenestration consists of double hung wood frame windows with square, triangular, and diamond shaped panes. A large round window sits above double doors on the SW gable end. A single wood personnel door (now boarded up) and two large wooden sliding service doors dominate the principle facade. The gable and shed sides of the building bear signs, among them two signs bearing the words "Open Air Bicycles" in large letters. A bike rack and heavy, ornate metal city garbage can sit in front of the main entrance. An air-conditioning unit protrudes from one window on the NE end where a single metal window grill covers one window.
Two small booths designed to regulate parking are also on site.
Architect: Francis Wilson
Architectural Style: Mission Revival
Property Type: Railroad Depot
Designated City of Santa Barbara Landmark (04/08/1980).
The passenger depot was constructed by the Southern Pacific Railroad Station in 1905. The architect, Francis Wilson, designed the building in the then-popular Mission Revival style. It was the third passenger depot in Santa Barbara, succeeding the Victoria Street Station and the Santa Barbara Station, both built in 1887. The station remained in passenger use for over 100 years, and is now operated by Amtrak.
The depot is a City of Santa Barbara Landmark and has been determined to be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places and the California Register of Historic Resources. This property is a designated Santa Barbara Landmark based upon the following criteria:
a) Its character, interest or value as a significant part of the heritage of the City, the State or the Nation;
d) Its exemplification of a particular architectural style or way of life important to the City, the State, or the Nation;
e) Its exemplification of the best remaining architectural type in a neighborhood;
g) Its embodiment of elements demonstrating outstanding attention to architectural design, detail, materials, or craftsmanship;
i) Its unique location or singular physical characteristic representing an established and familiar visual feature of a neighborhood;
The building behind the depot was built in 1906, owned by Wells, Fargo & Co., and contained a public office and general warehouse. Although the property is over fifty years old, it does not possess the significance necessary to qualify for designation as a City of Santa Barbara Structure of Merit, City of Santa Barbara Landmark, California Historical Landmark, or National Historical Landmark, nor does it qualify for designation as a resource on the California Register of Historic Resources or the National Register of Historic Places.
The two parking toll booths on site are neither over fifty years old nor exceptionally significant therefore it does not qualify for designation as a City of Santa Barbara Structure of Merit, City of Santa Barbara Landmark, California Historical Landmark, or National Historical Landmark, nor does it qualify for designation as a resource on the California Register of Historic Resources or the National Register of Historic Places.