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212 Palm Avenue

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Designation Status: Structure of Merit

Assessor Parcel Number: 031-333-018

Historic Name:

Constructed: 1890

Property Description:

The structure at 212 Palm Avenue is single-story residence designed in the Gothic Revival style. Overall form of the structure consists of a steeply pitched, side-facing gable with a decorative vent below the front facing dormer peak and intricately carved wood detailing cut from a scroll saw used to cut the delicate ornamental patterns at the roof eaves of the gabled ends and porches… A porch roof supported by bracketed square posts sits just below the roofline. The centered front entrance is recessed with a character defining transom window over the multi-pane pane over panel wood door. Fenestration includes multi-paned nine-over-nine double hung windows nestled within wide, shiplap siding.

Architect: Unknown

Architectural Style: Gothic Revival

Property Type: Residence

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 D. Its exemplification of a particular architectural style or way of life important to the City, the State, or the Nation: Thoroughly popular throughout the United States from 1830 to 1870, Gothic Revival architecture was influential during Santa Barbara’s early period of growth. The style originally began as the Gothic Revival style in England in the 1700’s and soon the trend spread to America and was championed by Andrew Jackson Davis, and Andrew Jackson Downing by their popular book at the time, Rural Residences and The Architecture of the Country House. Gothic Revival continued to be influential in Santa Barbara through the late 1800’s. Gothic Revival is noted for intricate wood detailing cut from a scroll saw that was improved enough to be used to cut the delicate ornamental patterns at the roof eaves of the gabled ends and porches. Gothic Revival improvises upon features that were carved in stone in authentic Gothic architecture. The result was a style that was familiar in its close relation to several other Victorian styles, yet unique in a variety of ways. Although few in number, existing examples of Gothic Revival architecture in Santa Barbara range from small, simple residences, to rural country houses, to churches that dot the downtown neighborhoods.
The house has the following character-defining features of the Gothic Revival style:
Gables, Cornice and Eave Details: The strong gables, being an expressive feature of Gothic Revival style, are decorated with delicate ornamental patterns at the roof eaves of the gabled ends and front facing dormer.
Dormers: Gothic Revival is known for the steeply pitched dormers decorated with intricately carved details.
Wall Material: Wall material of Gothic Revival in Santa Barbara was made of wide wood shiplap weatherboards.
Historic Integrity: The front door and porch posts are not original to the building. The building retains most of its original massing, siding, windows and character-defining decorative woodwork on the edges of the gables. The neighborhood has been drastically altered with the addition of the 101 Freeway behind the house and the conversion of almost all the other buildings to industrial use from a residential neighborhood. The house retains integrity of location and design. The house has low integrity of feeling, setting, materials, workmanship and association. The building cannot convey its 1890 original appearance.

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