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1407 Chapala St

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Designation Status: Designated City Landmark

Assessor Parcel Number: 039-062-009

Historic Name: Mortimer Cook House

Constructed: 1872

Property Description:

This two-story wood frame Italiente house has a bay projecting slightly from the right. A tow-story slanted bay is centered in this bay, there are simple pilasters in the second story, and the first and second stories of the bay are separated by bracketed cornice. A porch has a spindlework balustrade and is supported by small pillars raised on a solid balustrade wall. At the top of the house's hipped roof is a cupola with delicate brackets and projecting eaves.

Architect: Peter J. Barber

Architectural Style: Italianate

Property Type: Office

Original Use: SFR

Significance:

Designated City of Santa Barbara Landmark (01/19/1982).

Mortimer Cook is a prominent figure in Santa Barbara's history for opening the city's first bank in 1871. His home is designed in the Italianate style by Peter Barber, Santa Barbara's foremost practitioner of Victorian architecture.

Significant as a City Landmark as per City Council findings (Resolution No. 82-009) by 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 building was built by noted Santa Barbara architect Peter Barber, and because of its original residence to a noted Santa Barbara banker and mayor, Mortimer Cook, the residence is a significant to Santa Barbara's heritage.
C. Its identification with a person or persons (Mortimer Cook, Peter J Barber, Joseph W Cooper) who significantly contributed to the culture and development of the City, the State, or the Nation;
D. Its exemplification of a particular architectural style (Italianate) or way of life important to the City, the State, or the Nation;
E. Its exemplification of the best remaining architectural type (Italianate) in a neighborhood;
F. Its identification as the creation, design, or work of a person or persons (Peter J. Barber) 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.

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