24 East Pedregosa Street
Designation Status: Structure of Merit
Assessor Parcel Number: 027-032-003
This unique house combines Craftsman style elements such as open eaves with exposed rafters, a picture window on the front elevation, and wood shingle siding, with eclectic features such as a “jerkinhead” roof, and curved dormer windows on the second story.
The windows vary from rectangular or square single-leaf casement with long, vertical divided lights to windows with segmental arches, repeating the hood motif. A Victorian segmental hood supported by pairs of lookout beams shelter the left-of-center front entrance. A hooded oriel projects from the center of the right side. There is a chimney and bay window on the west elevation. The front of the house has a semi-circular brick driveway and lawn behind a large hedge.
Architectural Style: Eclectic Craftsman
Property Type: residential
The City of Santa Barbara establishes historic significance as provided by the Municipal Code, Section 22.22.040. On June 26, 2019, the Historic Landmarks Commission building qualifies to be designated a Structure of Merit under the following criteria provided by the Municipal Code, Section 22.22.040:
Criterion D. Its exemplification of a particular architectural style or way of life important to the City, the State or the Nation
The single-family, two-story Eclectic/Craftsman style house was built in 1913 for Mary P. Clark by Alfred Jensen and is located between State and Anacapa Streets on Pedregosa Street. “Pedregosa” is Spanish for “stony” or “rocky” ground or terrain which described the area surrounding the Mission. Pedregoso Creek was the original name for what is today called Mission Creek. Alluvial rocks and sandstone deposits characterized the natural landscape of the area and served as a popular source for building walls, hitching posts and other structures, many of which remain in the Upper East neighborhood of Santa Barbara.
The house shows character-defining features of the Craftsman style. Reacting to the loss of human craft found in the Industrial Revolution, the Arts and Crafts Movement formed in England and soon spread to the United States. It became known as the Craftsman Movement in the United States and utilized local, natural materials, simplicity of forms, originality, and hand-crafted detail. In 1901, the first issue of the The Crafstman magazine was published by Gustav Stickley, a strong proponent of Craftsman furniture, textiles, and architecture. Architects such as Greene and Greene in Pasadena, and David Owen Dryden in San Diego championed the Craftsman style, helping it to become the most popular style of the early 1900s.
The Craftsman Movement embodied great variety with the Arts and Crafts English antecedents, to homes with an aesthetic reminiscent of oriental wood joinery, to the Craftsman Bungalow style which ennobled modest homes for a rapidly expanding American middle class.
In Santa Barbara the Craftsman house enjoyed a popularity that can still be seen today. From the small bungalow to the large, almost grandiose house, Craftsman architecture thrived in Santa Barbara. Craftsman architecture is found in the neighborhoods surrounding downtown, but the Bungalow Haven District is home to the largest intact concentration of Craftsman bungalows in Santa Barbara. As an excellent example of eclectic,/Craftsman style, the building qualifies as a Structure of Merit under criterion D.
Criterion I. Its unique location or singular physical characteristic representing an established and familiar visual feature of a neighborhood
While the house embodies character-defining features of the Craftsman style, it also has unusual details found on no other building in the city. The arched window motif, bracketed and curved entrance pediment, second-story bay window in the south gable end, and especially the curved dormers on the second story breaking through the lines of the jerkinhead roof all combine to make this a unique architectural artifact of the early 20th century in Santa Barbara home design. Moreover, this singular house is an essential part of the rich architectural fabric of the Upper East neighborhood. Situated on a street lined with historically significant houses – including the Storke house directly across the street – the Clark House is indeed an established and familiar visual feature of the neighborhood.
The house is in good condition, with almost all of the original materials and design still present. The house retains enough of its integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association, allowing it to convey its original appearance. The house also contributes to the visual integrity of the Pedregosa streetscape that has maintained much of its historic integrity.
City of Santa Barbara Architectural and Historic Resources Survey, February 22, 1980.
Graffy, Neal. Street Names of Santa Barbara. 2nd ed. 2015.
Grumbine, Anthony. City of Santa Barbara, Styles Guide, Craftsman style.
Tompkins, Walter A. Santa Barbara Neighborhoods. 1989.
Prepared by Jay Carlander, Historic Consultant