1105 Chapala St
Designation Status: Designated City Landmark
- National Register Of Historic Places
- California State Register Of Historic Resources
Assessor Parcel Number: 039-222-024
Historic Name: Santa Barbara Club
Flat roofed, two story stucco building of imposing style and size. The cornice is decorated with egg and dart motif all the way around the building. There are prominent brackets under the eaves. The building is symmetrical with a center set of semi circular windows on the second story, and several sets of flat double-hung windows on the first story. There is a large informal garden and a rental cottage in the back of the building. An attached wall continues past the building, hinding a parking lot.
Architect: Francis W. Wilson
Architectural Style: Neoclassical Revival
Property Type: Clubhouse
Original Use: Private Mens Club
Designated City of Santa Barbara Landmark (06/10/2014). This building was added to the National and State Historic Registers on May 13, 2019.
Designed by club member and noted architect Francis W. Wilson as the Santa Barbara Club's permanent home in a neoclassical style. The grand opening of the club drew over 200 people and featured the esteemed Potter Hotel orchestra. The Santa Barbara Club is one of Santa Barbara's oldest continuously running social clubs, and has featured many significant figures of the Santa Barbara community among its members. Some of these include W.W. Hollister, Sherman Stow, Francis Wilson, George Washington Smith, and Harold Chase.
Significant as a City Landmark as per City Council findings (Resolution 2014-1) by the 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 1904 Santa Barbara Club represents an example of the work of Francis W. Wilson, one of the noted architects of Santa Barbara, and is an excellent example of the Neoclassical style, the building's character is a significant part of the heritage of Santa Barbara.
C. Its identification with a person or persons who significantly contributed to the culture and development of the City, the State, or the Nation. This property is associated with the Santa Barbara Club, one of Santa Barbara's oldest continuously operating social clubs. The club's members included leading politicians, professionals and artists, including such figures as W.W. Hollister, Sherman Stow, Francis Wilson, George Washington Smith, and Harold Chase.
D. Its exemplification of a particular architectural style or way of life important to the City, the State, or the Nation. This building exemplifies the Neoclassical style with its dentil molding and bracketed cornice, round arches, and the symmetrical façade.
E. Its exemplification of the best remaining architectural type (Neoclassical) in a neighborhood.
F. Its identification as the creation, design, or work of a person or persons (Francis W. Wilson) whose effort significantly influenced 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.
I. Its unique location or singular characteristic representing an established and familiar visual feature of a neighborhood.