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Designation Status: Designated City Landmark

Assessor Parcel Number: 029-291-018

Historic Name: Margaret Baylor Inn/Lobero Building

Constructed: 1926

Property Description:

Four story, hipped clay tile roof, smooth stucco walls, deeply recessed openings. The Building has French doors with wrought iron balconies, Corinthian pilasters on the 4th floor. First floor has three arched openings with fanlights.

Architect: Julia Morgan

Architectural Style: Spanish Colonial Revival

Property Type:

Original Use: Hotel


This Italian Mediterrean is a City Landmark and eligible for listing in the California Register of Historic Resources eligible. In 1926, the Lobero Building won a prize as the most beautiful Spanish Building in America (SB News Press, 1977). Eligible as a Structure of Merit. Constructed in 1931 in the Spanish Colonial Revival style. The building qualifies to be designated a Structure of Merit under the following criteria provided by the Municipal Code, Section 22.22.040.

Criterion A. Its character, interest or value as a significant part of the heritage of the City, the State or the Nation:
The minimally altered 1926 Spanish Colonial Revival style building is important to the heritage of Santa Barbara as the details that are found on the building constitute a resource valuable for its ability to exemplify methods of construction, craftsmanship, attention to detail and artistry reflective of the style. The building illustrates social and aesthetic movements, and conveys a sense of place and time. This structure was built for the Recreation Center of Santa Barbara as a women's hotel. Significantly, the newspaper reports describe this as a hotel for businesswomen-symbolic of the increasing independent role of women in the business world.

Criterion D. Its exemplification of a particular architectural style or way of life important to the City, the State, or the Nation. An important part of Santa Barbara’s architecture, the Italian Mediterranean was key to Santa Barbara’s spirit as the new American Riviera. Having both a climate and geography similar to the coastal hill-towns of the Italian Riviera, Santa Barbara embraced the Italian Villa as architecture and garden design well suited to the Santa Barbara lifestyle.

F. Its identification as the creation, design or work of a person or persons whose effort has significantly
influenced the heritage of the City, the State or the Nation; This building is one of the few to have been attributed by noted, important woman architect, Julia Morgan, and the first woman to graduate from the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, which was the leading architectural school of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Criterion G. Its embodiment of elements demonstrating outstanding attention to architectural design, detail, materials and craftsmanship. The style and building have a strong adherence to order and symmetry, the Italian Mediterranean entrance is centrally located and is flanked by symmetrical openings in a symmetrical arrangement of rectangular openings on either side of the arched opening. The building features elaborate windows are on the first floor with arches and more simplified window and door patterns on the second floor. Italian Mediterranean windows are paired, true-divided light, wood casement windows with no trim as they sit deeply recessed in the stucco wall. The building also features a delicate iron balcony railings and Corinthian columns on the forth floor.

Historic Integrity : The building retains most of its original features and most of the surrounding neighborhood is intact so that it has high historic integrity of location, feeling, setting, design, materials, workmanship and association. The building can convey its c. 1926 original appearance.

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