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1516 De La Vina St.

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Designation Status: Structure of Merit

Assessor Parcel Number: 027-222-021

Historic Name: Pyle Residence

Constructed: 1890

Property Description:

One-and-one half story, Stick style residence, with asymmetrical massing comprised of a number of projections in gables and recessions. The front porch is recessed by an open veranda and is approached by a wooden staircase featuring a low wood balustrade. The porch is supported by slender, turned wood columns with embellished wood brackets on the tops of the posts. There is an additional porch on the side supported by turned wood columns. A bay window is featured on the corner of the main facade comprised of a large fixed window with a decorative transom, surrounded by double-hung. The gables feature ornate shingle siding, while the remaining exterior is comprised of horizontal siding featuring vertical boards dividing the wall raised from the wood weatherboards for emphasis.

Architect: unknown

Architectural Style: Stick

Property Type: Single Family Residence

Original Use: SFR


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 1890 Stick 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 Stick style.

Criterion D. Its exemplification of a particular architectural style or way of life important to the City, the State, or the Nation:
Named for its "stickwork" or grid of boards infilled with various wood siding treatments, the Stick style played an important role in Victorian architecture. In Santa Barbara and across the United States the Stick style transitioned Victorian architecture from the earlier styles of Italianate and Gothic Revival, to the later Queen Anne Revival. One unique quality developed in Stick style architecture was that it began to treat the wall as decoration, resulting in subdivided panels that were then filled with a variety of shingles giving the Stick style much of its character. The Stick style remained a popular architectural idiom in America between 1860 and 1890.

Criterion G. Its embodiment of elements demonstrating outstanding attention to architectural design, detail, materials and craftsmanship.
Stick style architecture featured steeply pitched gables, sizable porches and asymmetrical profiles. Overhanging eaves adorned with brackets, brackets embellished with barge-boards on the gable ends were also hallmarks of this residential style. The residence at 1515 De la Vina embodies elements that demonstrate Sticky style elements such as an asymmetrical massing, intersecting cross gables, decorative pattern work between the brackets and second story beginning with the ornate shingle siding on the gables, the cutout bay on the corner with intricately carved brackets, and the ornate spindle work on the porch's balustrade.

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 1890 original appearance.

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