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Designation Status: Designated City Landmark

Other Designations:

  • National Register Of Historic Places
  • California State Landmark

Assessor Parcel Number: 025-273-002

Historic Name: Mission Historical Park

Constructed: 1928 and 1956

Property Description:

Mission Historical Park is a historically significant section of land within the boundaries of Plaza Rubio, Mountain Drive, and Ridge Lane. On the southern border is a rose garden planted in the 1950s, and throughout the rest of the park are portions of the Mission's original waterworks in addition to tanning vats, a jail, and pottery. Portions of five units of the extensive waterworks, built by Chumash Indian labor, are preserved in the park: a filter house, spanish grist mill, sections of aquaducts, and two reservoirs. Other resources include the stone bridge that runs across Mission Creek, the Oliver trough-fountain, and the Cota Sycamore trees along Mountain Drive.


Architectural Style:

Property Type: Park

Original Use: Mission Lands


Designated City of Santa Barbara Landmark (01/20/1998).

Missional Historical Park is a 10.24 acre tract of land in front of the Mission Santa Barbara that contains many of the mission-era resources in addition to the rose garden. The historic resources preserved in the park include aqueducts, tanning vats, reservoirs, a pottery, a jail, and a grist mill.

Significant as a City Landmark as per City Council findings (Resolution No. 98-008) 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 park is connected to important historical events (Spanish colonization and the creation of the Mission) and because the park preserves many remains from the Mission's origins, the Mission Historical Park is significant to the heritage of the City, the State, and the Nation.
B. Its location as a site of a significant historic event (Spanish Colonization and creation of the Mission);
C. Its identification with a person or persons (Father J J O'Keefe, Franciscan Fathers, Chumash Indian Neophytes, Pearl Chase, Caroline and Roland Hazard, the Oliver family) who significantly contributed to the culture and development of the City, the State, or the Nation;
D. Its exemplification of a particular architectural style or way of life (Franciscan Mission) important to the City, the State, or the Nation;
F. Its identification as the creation, design, or work of a person or persons (Franciscan Fathers, Chumash Indians) 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;
H. Its relationship to any other landmark if its preservation is essential to the integrity of that landmark (The Mission);
I. Its unique location or singular characteristic representing an established and familiar visual feature of a neighborhood.
J. The property has the potential to yield significant information of archaeological interest.

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