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Designation Status: Designated City Landmark

Assessor Parcel Number: 039-262-015

Historic Name: Botiller-Grand Adobe

Constructed: 1844

Property Description:

This is a beautiful Adobe house of New England character with Spanish feeling. The exterior is stucco covered adobe, the roof is shingle, portions of which were re-roofed in 1938. An overhanging porch runs along the first story front portion of the two story house. There are frame additions on the rear of the house, a handmade stone wall on the side, a rough low wooden fence on the front and a brick path leading to the entrance. The landscaping is charming and in character with the house, the garden being planted with olive trees, cactus and oleander. There are three large adobe rooms on the ground floor. A winding staircase leads to a large upstairs room. A notable feature is that there is no chimney. There is one contemporary wood out-building with composition rolled roofing on the property.


Architectural Style: Spanish Colonial

Property Type: Residential

Original Use: residence


Designated City of Santa Barbara Landmark (03/15/1983).

City Council Findings:
a) Its character, interest and value as a significant part of the heritage of the City;
b) It exemplifies a particular architectural style and way of life important to the City;
c) It exemplifies a particular architectural type in a neighborhood;
d) It embodies elements demonstrating outstanding attention to architectural design, detail, and materials;
e) Its unique location or singular physical characteristic representing an established and familiar visual feature of the neighborhood.

The plot of land containing the Botiller Adobe originally consisted of what amounts to four City blocks. This land was acquired by a young Frenchman, Pascual Botiller, in 1843. He built his two story adobe house, and coverted the surrounding land into a small vineyard and winery. On another plot of land bounded by Canon Perdido, Laguna, De la Guerra, and Garden Streets, Botiller had a spendid vegetable garden which supplied the Santa Barbara housewives with year-long fresh vegetables. After his death, the adobe was left to his widow Feliciana Carlon Botiller and in 1888 was inherited by their daughter Mrs. Gerard Grand, who was married to a French immigrant farmer. It is said that a relative of the Botiller family was entrsuted with the care of the Crown Jewels of the Emperor Maximilian's wife Carlotta, which says something for the family's integrity. We have traced the Grand family as continuing to live in the Botiller house until 1938, then from 1969 to the present time there have been quite a few owners. The structure is significant because it is one of the bery few two-story adobes left in the Santa Barbara area. The house is a City Landmark and the Native Daughters of the Golden West have placed a plaque on its front wall.

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