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1404 De La Vina St

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Designation Status: Designated City Landmark

Assessor Parcel Number: 039-062-011

Historic Name: Upham Hotel and Annex

Constructed: 1872 and 1900

Property Description:

The main hotel building, which originally measured 30'x44', is a two-story wood frame structure of Italianate style. The low hipped roof is topped with a widow's walk cupola. Eaves of both the cupola and main structure are supported by oversized pairs of brackets. Second story double hung windows feature classical detailing. The eye-catching veranda has slender sculptured wood columns.

Architect: Peter Barber

Architectural Style: Italianate

Property Type: Hotel

Original Use: Hotel


Designated City of Santa Barbara Landmark (07/01/1980).

The Upham Hotel is the oldest active hotel in Santa Barbara. It is designed by renowned Victorian style architect Peter J Barber, and was originally constructed for Amasa Lyman Lincoln as a boarding house. Mr. Lincoln worked as cashier of the First National Gold Bank with Mortimer Cook, another prominent member of the Santa Barbara community.

Significant as a City Landmark as per City Council findings (Resolution No. 80-083) 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 Upham Hotel is the oldest continually operating hotel in Santa Barbara, the structure is significant to the heritage of the City.
C. Its identification with a person or persons (Peter Barber, Amasa Lincoln, Mortimer Cook) 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, along with the Mortimer Cook House) in a neighborhood;
F. Its identification as the creation, design, or work of a person or persons (Peter 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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