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232 E Los Olivos St

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Designation Status: Designated City Landmark

Assessor Parcel Number: 025-252-002

Historic Name: Frothingham House

Constructed: 1922

Property Description:

Two-story, white stucco, L-shaped house in Spanish Colonial Revival style. The house is built just inside a 6 foot high thick stucco wall. It has a low-pitched tile roof. The casement windows are recessed with wrought iron over them making a balcony effect. The house has a large lot behind it and a garage is attached to the right side of the house.

Architect: George Washington Smith

Architectural Style: Spanish Colonial Revival

Property Type: Single Family Residence

Original Use: SFR


Designated City of Santa Barbara Landmark (08/06/1991).

The Spanish Colonial Revival style house was designed as a winter retreat in 1922 by well known Santa Barbara architect George Washington Smith for Brooks and Grace Frothingham. It is one of Smith's most impressive designs and features a terrace to the rear and a white stucco wall along the front property line.

Significant as a City Landmark as per City Council findings (Resolution No. 91-123) 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 home was designed by famed Santa Barbara architect George Washington Smith, and because the home is exemplary of the Spanish Colonial Revival style, the Frothingham house is significant to the heritage of Santa Barbara.
C. Its identification with a person or persons (George Washington Smith) who significantly contributed to the culture and development of the City, the State, or the Nation;
D. Its exemplification of a particular architectural style (Spanish Colonial Revival) or way of life important to the City, the State, or the Nation;
E. Its exemplification of the best remaining architectural type (Spanish Colonial Revival) in a neighborhood;
F. Its identification as the creation, design, or work of a person or persons (George Washington Smith) 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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