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1790 Alameda Padre Serra Rd

Designation Status: Designated City Landmark

Assessor Parcel Number: 013-063-018

Historic Name: Jack's Trough (aka Courtney Fountain)

Constructed: 1926

Property Description:

***Actual Address: 1790 Sycamore Canyon Road (there is no such road name in Access Database, please correct)

Jack's Trough is 12 feet wide, designed in a classical temple form. The body has a flat stuccoed surface with a plaque inset, and is surmounted by a 12 inch frieze inlaid with cast stone animal heads. The entablature features a pronounced cornice band. A cast stone statue of Saint Barbara stands in the center of the pediment. Three finials surmount the cornice molding of the pediment. A rectangular drinking tough for large animals extends from the façade of the structure. Off to each side are small, low troughs for small animals.

Architect: George Washington Smith, Lutah Maria Riggs

Architectural Style: Classical Revival

Property Type:

Original Use: Trough and Fountain


Designated City of Santa Barbara Landmark (07/19/1983).

Jack's Trough was commissioned by Mrs. Geoffrey Stuart Courtney in 1925 and designed by the architectural office of George Washington Smith. Lutah Maria Riggs executed the drawing for the project and Snook and Kenyon were the builders. Jack is said to have been a horse owned by Mrs. Courtney. The trough provided water for horses and small animals when in good condition.

Significant as a City Landmark as per City Council findings (Resolution No. 83-120) 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 trough is the design of significant local architects George Washington Smith and Lutah Maria Riggs, and because the trough was commissioned by significant local figure Marguerite Doe Rogers Courtney Ravenscroft;
C. Its identification with a person or persons (Marguerite Ravenscroft, George Washington Smith, Lutah Maria Riggs) who significantly contributed to the culture and development of the City, the State, or the Nation;
F. Its identification as the creation, design, or work of a person or persons (George Washington Smith, Lutah Maria Riggs) 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 via the cast stone animal heads and statue of Saint Barbara;
I. Its unique location or singular characteristic representing an established and familiar visual feature of a neighborhood.

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