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1023 De La Vina St.

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Designation Status: Structure of Merit

Assessor Parcel Number: 039-271-009

Historic Name: Roger-Hollow Cottage

Constructed: 1885

Property Description:

One-story residence in the Folk Victorian style. The massing and form of this residence is comprised of a large front-facing gable with a single story porch, and shingled hipped roof. The eaves of the gable are supported by pairs of wooden brackets throughout the roof-line. The full length, projecting front porch is supported by six thin, wood columns with beveled corners and delicate corner brackets. There is wood balustrade up the front steps and surrounding the elevated front porch. The door features glass panels surrounded by wood trim and a glass transom. The main facade features two pairs of long, one over one, wood windows on either side of the central entry. The exterior wall materials is comprised of wood weatherboard siding.

Architect: unknown

Architectural Style: Folk Victorian

Property Type: Apartments

Original Use: Residence


On June 26, 2019, the Historic Landmarks Commission designated the building 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 1885 Folk Victorian 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 Folk Victorian style. Although known for much of the intricate detailing of the Queen Anne style, the Victorian Era was also home to simpler styles such as the Folk Victorian. With the combination of bold massing forms and detailed porch work, the Folk Victorian embodies a transitional style that hints at the simpler styles to come, while staying connected to the current styles of the day.

Criterion D. Its exemplification of a particular architectural style or way of life important to the City, the State, or the Nation
The building exemplifies the Folk Victorian style which shaped the architecture of Santa Barbara homes away from intricate detailing of the Queen Anne to a more simplistic transitional style that emphasized structure and symmetry. Often called “Symmetrical Victorians”, the Folk Victorian style survived into the early part of the 20th century and helped set the stage for the Craftsman and American Colonial Revival. Like the other Victorian styles, Folk Victorian was made possible by the Industrial Revolution in the form of the railroad and the transportation of woodworking machines across the country. Folk Victorian came about in the final stages of the Victorian styles. It was one of the final expressions of a long and lasting era. Santa Barbara's Folk Victorians can be found in the Brinkerhoff Landmark District and throughout lower west downtown. The building features the following character-defining features of the Folk Victorian style:
• The full length front porch
• The emphasis on symmetry of the façade
• The square posts with chamfered corners and delicate brackets.
• The transom over the front door
• The elongated double-hung, one-over-one wood windows with wood window surrounds that have 4”- 5” wide trim with a simple profile wood sill.

Criterion G. Its embodiment of elements demonstrating outstanding attention to architectural design, detail, materials and craftsmanship
The building embodies elements that demonstrate an outstanding attention to design, detail, materials, and craftsmanship with the large gable with eaves supported by paired brackets, the intricate ornamentation on the tops of the thin porch posts, and the careful placement and coordination of windows to look uniform throughout the house all add a defining touch to the Folk Victorian style.

Historic Integrity: The front door of the house is not the original door as the divided light door is not typical of the Victorian era. However, building retains most of its (c.1885) 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.

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