4 Rosemary Ln
Designation Status: Structure of Merit
Assessor Parcel Number: 015-093-002
Historic Name: Moody Sisters Canary Cottage
The house at 4 Rosemary Lane is an example of the English Cottage style designed by locally noted designer, Harriett Moody. This house along with the other Moody designed buildings on Rosemary Lane form a unique assemblage of modest houses designed around the English Cottage theme. Designed to emulate a street in a rural English village, Rosemary Lane is a unique example of a period revival style (inspired by English vernacular architecture) speculative development in Santa Barbara. Built in 1941 by the designer, Harriett Moody, the two-story house is a free interpretation of the English Cottage style. Attributes of the style include the house’s picturesque massing, combined vertical, wood paneled, board-and-batten, and shingled sheathing, steeply pitched, complex roofline, and asymmetrical arrangement of wood multi-light fixed and casement windows. Both the entry porch and the front door are set at the side elevation of the house.
Architect: Harriett Moody
Architectural Style: English Cottage
Property Type: Single Family Residence
Original Use: Single Family Residence
The Historic Landmarks Commission designated the building as a Structure of Merit on May 16, 2018 as it meets the following criteria provided by the Municipal Code, Section 22.22.040:
(a) It character, interest or value as a significant part of the heritage of the City, the State or Nation:
The house at 4 Rosemary Lane is an example of the English Cottage style designed by the locally noted designer, Harriet Moody. The house, with the other Moody designed buildings on Rosemary Lane form a unique assemblage of cottages designed around the English Cottage theme. Designed to emulate a street in a rural English village, Rosemary Lane is a unique example of a period revival style (inspired by English vernacular architecture) speculative development in Santa Barbara. Therefore, the house at 4 Rosemary Lane qualifies for designation under Criterion a. It should be noted that the street is potentially eligible for a historic district designation.
(d) Its exemplification of a particular architectural style or way of life important to the City, the State or the Nation;
Designed by Harriet Moody the house at 4 Rosemary Lane retains most of the character defining features that identify it as an excellent example of the English Cottage style. A subtype of the period revival style, the English Cottage style saw popularity in the United States during the period between circa-1920 and 1945. Character-defining elements of this subtype include the employment of steeply pitched gabled roofs, picturesque massing, whitewashed stucco walls; wood, casement windows; wood panel front door; the simplicity in detail. Because the residence at 4 Rosemary Lane exemplifies the English Cottage style, it is eligible for listing as a City of Santa Barbara Structure of Merit under criterion D.
(e) Its exemplification of the best remaining architectural type in a neighborhood;
The house is one of six houses Harriet Moody designed now present on Rosemary Lane designed in the cottage style. This style is rare in the neighborhood. As a collection of six English Cottage style houses, this the best remaining collection of the houses qualify
under criterion e.
(f) Its identification as the creation, design or work of a person or persons whose effort has significantly influenced the heritage of the City, the State or the Nation;
The house at 4 Rosemary Lane is the work of the noted Santa Barbara designer, Harriet Moody. Harriet Moody's English Cottage style is a unique and personal interpretation of English Vernacular architecture of the sixteenth through the seventeenth centuries.
Among her surviving commissions are six houses on Rosemary Lane, a cluster of houses on Periwinkle Lane, the former studio of her sister, Mildred, on Coast Village Road, and a house at 2207 Alameda Padre Serra. Moody often incorporated salvaged materials from older estates into her buildings. Her modestly sized houses emphasized picturesque qualities and handcrafted details. The popularity of her designs was a testament to the continued vigor of period revival architecture in Santa Barbara during the late 1930s through the mid-1940s, a period most noted for the rise of less traditional architectural forms influenced by Modernism. Therefore, the house at 4 Rosemary Lane, which represents the work of a designer whose work contributed to the city's architectural heritage, is eligible for listing under Criterion F.
(g) Its embodiment of elements demonstrating outstanding attention to architectural design, detail, materials or craftsmanship;
The house employs many of the character-defining features of this English Vernacular period inspired motif, including its steeply pitched roof, multi-paned windows and picturesque massing. Often embellished with her sister Mildred's rosemaling work and architectural elements salvaged from older estates, each of Moody's houses represent the culmination of her distinctive architectural vision. Though built using modified balloon framing, pre-milled lumber, and stock building materials the house's singular aesthetic vision is typical of Moody's residential commissions. The house, which represents the work of Harriet Moody, who worked almost exclusively in the English Cottage tradition, and exemplifies the high level of craftsmanship and attention to detail that exemplified her commissions, is eligible for listing under Criterion g.
The house retains a high degree of integrity of location, setting, feeling, design, materials, workmanship and association. The building is a significant contributor to the Rosemary Lane Historic District.
The building is a significant contributor to the potential Rosemary Lane Historic District.