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707 Anacapa St

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Designation Status: Structure of Merit

Assessor Parcel Number: 037-092-009

Historic Name: Gates Building - Adobe House

Constructed: 1905

Property Description:

This is a Spanish Colonial Revival Building with a single story irregular roof line of composition shingles and a single row of terra cotta clay tile roof trim on the front gable. The building is constructed of Adobe on the front with an arch leading to the front porch with a thin application of stucco. Rear of building is board and batten. Building is perimetered by a 48" wall with a iron double gate and sandstone wall that has been painted white. There is a brick walk, a patio and a fountain. The site is shaded by palm trees and a large pepper tree. The structure is protected by it's landscaping, but is incompatible with it's commercial neighbor on this busy one-way street.


Architectural Style: Spanish Colonial Revival

Property Type: Office

Original Use: Residence


The Gates Building is a structure of significance because of it's age, it's heritage to Santa Barbara because it is an authentic Adobe constructed Spanish Colonial Revival, and the arrangement and organization of the building and the patio within its site. It is in keeping with the Spanish Colonial Revival tradition. The villas in Spain have perimeter walls which guard the house, and the fountain which rests the visitor before entering the dwelling. The building went through a number of alterations during it's life. In 1928 a porch was added and a new floor was installed; also a 7' x 7' addition was made in the rear. In 1944 Howard Gates, owner and contractor, extended the living room and bedroom. In 1932 DH McQuiddy (Bldg.) contractor used it as an office. This building is designated as a Structure of Merit.

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