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421 E Figueroa St

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Designation Status: Designated City Landmark

Assessor Parcel Number: 029-173-017

Historic Name: Arrelanes-Kirk Adobe

Constructed: c. 1860

Property Description:

A one-story adobe house with high shingled gable roof is set at a diagonal behind a long circular driveway. A multi-paned window with an unusual pointed trangular top is beneath the left side gable end. In the front the roof supported by posts extends over the long narrow verandah. An attached combined shingle and board and batten wing with a gable roof projects to the right.


Architectural Style: Spanish Colonial

Property Type: Single Family Residence

Original Use: SFR


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

This adobe house was occupied by Frank W. Kirk, who married a daughter of the Arrellanes family and lived here in about 1875. This house has but one room remaining of the original adobe, probably the sala. John Gorham, the artist, moved here after WWII and continued living in this adobe until 1965. He added the studio on the property.

Significant as a City Landmark as per City Council findings (resolution No. 83-041) 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 building is of Spanish Colonial style, built of adobe, and originally was occupied by descendants of a presidio soldier, the structure is significant to the heritage of the City.
D. Its exemplification of a particular architectural style (Spanish Colonial) or way of life important to the City, the State, or the Nation;
E. Its exemplification of the best remaining architectural type (Spanish Colonial) in a neighborhood;
G. Its embodiment of elements demonstrating outstanding attention to architectural design, detail, materials and craftsmanship via the verrandah and pointed fenestration;
I. Its unique location or singular characteristic representing an established and familiar visual feature of a neighborhood

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