3626 San Remo Dr
Designation Status: Structure of Merit
Assessor Parcel Number: 053-231-011
Two-story residence; pointed arch door openings; tiled low-pitched roof; Monterey balcony set on sizable corbels
Architect: Edwards, Plunkett & Howell
Architectural Style: Spanish Colonial Revival
Property Type: Residential
Original Use: residential
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 as per the Historic Structures/Sites Report completed in 2013, the front elevation that had retained integrity of design while the incompatible rear alterations, on the north and west elevations do not. The Historic Structure Report of 2010 found the façade is eligible as a City Structure of Merit as it was designed in the 1920s (by 1927) by the noted architects Edwards, Plunkett & Howell because in the Spanish Colonial Revival style. The building was constructed for Allen E. Rogers, owner of Rogers Furniture Store in Santa Barbara. The Spanish Colonial Revival style building is important in the transformation of Santa Barbara into a town defined by Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. The building is the only remaining 1920s house in the neighborhood which has been subdivided and built up with 1960s single family homes and apartment buildings. The building is the work of the well-known architectural firm of Edwards, Plunkett and Howell (1926-1929) and includes their trademark over scale Monterey balcony set on sizable corbels. They used this balcony motif on a number of residences designed by the firm. An unusual feature of the façade is the use of the pointed arch door openings. Although the building has been reconstructed, the façade facing the street retains the Spanish Colonial Revival style characteristics for which Santa Barbara is noted. The façade demonstrates outstanding attention to architectural design, detail, materials and craftsmanship. The structure is not eligible for the California Register of Historic Places or National Register of Historic Places.
During the rehabilitation in 2013, a structural report found the facade did not have structural integrity to be retained.
The front façade was reconstructed to the Secretary of the Interior Standards for Reconstruction and this method was accepted by the Historic Landmarks Commission. Thus, the building qualifies to be designated a Structure of Merit under the following criteria provided by the Municipal Code, Section 22.22.040.
E. Its exemplification of the best remaining architectural type in a neighborhood;
The building is a reconstruction of the only remaining 1920s house in the neighborhood, which has been subdivided and developed with 1960s single family homes and apartment buildings.
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 street facing façade is a reconstruction of the work by the well- known architectural firm of Edwards, Plunkett & Howell (1926-1929), and includes their trademark over scale Monterey balcony set on sizeable corbels. An unusual feature of the façade is the use of the pointed arch door openings, where traditionally the firm used rounded arches.
I. Its unique location or singular physical characteristic representing an established and familiar visual feature of a neighborhood;
The long view of the house, set on a rise, from the sidewalk, remains, it is an established and visual feature of the neighborhood.