215 Bath St
Designation Status: Structure of Merit
Assessor Parcel Number: 033-031-022
This building is a two-story Spanish Colonial Revival style apartment building that faces Bath Street. The building's front is rectilinear in plan, five bays wide and two bays deep, with a low pitch side-gable roof covered with terra-cotta tiles with a small tower on the ridgeline. A flat-roofed rear wing extends from behind this front portion. All exterior walls are clad with stucco. Fenestration on the primary facade consists of horizontally divided, four-pane casement windows placed in pairs, some with decorative shutters and others with canvas awning. Steps lead to the front stoop with a protruding flat awning over the entrance. The divided light front door is located in the central bay on the first floor.
Architectural Style: Spanish Colonial Revival
Property Type: Apartments
Only the 1930 Building on the parcel is considered eligible as a Structure of Merit. The designation does not include the other buildings.
On June 26, 2019, the Historic Landmarks Commission designated the building a Structure of Merit under the following criteria provided by the Municipal Code, Section 22.22.040.
Criterion A. Its character, interest or value as a significant part of the heritage of the City, the State or the Nation:
The minimally altered 1930 Spanish Colonial Revival style building is important to the heritage of Santa Barbara as the details that are found on the building constitute a resource valuable for its ability to exemplify methods of construction, craftsmanship, attention to detail and artistry reflective of the Spanish Colonial Revival style. The building illustrates social and aesthetic movements, and conveys a sense of place and time.
Criterion D. Its exemplification of a particular architectural style or way of life important to the City, the State, or the Nation
The building exemplifies the Spanish Colonial Revival style which emphasizes the interplay of cubic volumes, patios, pergolas, and verandas; each interpreted and redefined by local architects or regions in their own oeuvre of the form, massing, and decorative treatments. Santa Barbara has examples of the Spanish Colonial Revival style throughout the city from the distinct commercial buildings on State Street, to large homes and estates on the Riviera, to multi-family housing and hotels in the West Beach neighborhood along the waterfront.
Historic Integrity: The building retains most of its original features and most of the surrounding neighborhood is intact so that it has high historic integrity of location, feeling, setting, design, materials, workmanship and association. The building can convey its 1930 original appearance.