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16 E Carrillo St

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Designation Status: Designated City Landmark

Assessor Parcel Number: 039-322-044

Historic Name: The Masonic Temple

Constructed: 1924

Property Description:

The Masonic Temple is an excellent example of the Italian Mediterranean style, with elements such as a symmetrical façade, terracotta roof, as well as terracotta detailing and large overhanging eaves. The four-storied stuccoed building was built in a neoclassical palazzo style with over scaled elements (such as the three central arches with pointed stone voussoir) to make the moderately sized structure appear monumental.

Architect: Carl Werner

Architectural Style: Mediterranean

Property Type: Clubhouse

Original Use: Masonic Temple


Designated City of Santa Barbara Landmark (06/10/2014).

The Masonic Temple is home to the fraternal society of Freemasons in 1868. The four-story Italian Mediterraneean building was designed by the noted San Francisco architect Carl Werner (himself a Freemason) in 1924 as the Freemasons' permanent home. One of Santa Barbara's most well known freemasons was John Stearns-- instrumental in the forming of the freemasons in Santa Barbara, and well known for his construction of Stearn's Wharf.

Significant as a City Landmark as per City Council findings (Resolution No. 2014-2) for following criteria:

A. Its character, interest or value as a significant part of the heritage of the City, the State, or the Nation because the 1924 building represents an example of the work of Carl Werner, one of the noted architects of California, and is an example of the Italian Mediterranean style which is congruent and important to the development of Santa Barbara as the America Riviera.
C. Its identification with a person or persons who significantly contributed to the culture and development of the City, the State, or the Nation. The property is identified with a group of important figures who significantly contributed to the development of Santa Barbara. This group includes John Stearns of Stearns Wharf.
D. Its exemplification of a particular architectural style (Italian Mediterranean) or way of life important to the City, the State, or the Nation.
E. Its exemplification of the best remaining architectural type (Italian Mediterranean) in a neighborhood.
F. Its identification as the creation, design, or work of a person or persons (Carl Werner) whose effort significantly influences the heritage of the City, the State, or the Nation.
G. Its embodiment of elements demonstrating outstanding attention to architectural design, detail, materials and craftsmanship. The Masonic Temple has detail work unmatched on most Santa Barbara buildings in the downtown area. Engraved arches, stone balustrades, ceiling terracotta and cast stone designs are all clearly visible from the street.
I. Its unique location or singular physical characteristic representing an established and familiar visual feature of a neighborhood.

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