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878 Paseo Ferrelo Road

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Designation Status: Structure of Merit

Assessor Parcel Number: 029-272-001

Historic Name:

Constructed: 1925

Property Description:

The structure located at 878 Paseo Ferrelo is a single story, Spanish Colonial Revival style house with a front pitched roof covered in terra cotta tiles with secondary cross gables located on the east and west elevations. Centered below the front-facing gable peak is a decorative quatrefoil. A flat-roofed garage extends from the right of the front façade featuring three additional multi-colored tiles below the simple, undecorated cornice and three sets of paired casement windows, each divided into three lights by horizontal mullions. Other fenestration includes a set of paired casement windows divided into three lights by horizontal mullions, a fixed six-light window, and a large, fixed, single pane window. A sandstone retaining wall delineates a garden extending along the south elevation.
According to the 2010 Riviera Survey: Undressed sandstone blocks sheath the base of the house. A decorative quatrefoil sits beneath the gable peak. The primary entrance sits on the west elevation and features a slightly projecting element capped by a shed-roofed continuation of the gable roof. A set of concrete stairs with sandstone cobble balustrades leads up to an arched front door flanked on the south by a three-part window. A triptych window composed of multi-light casements flank the north of the front door. A centrally placed French door opening onto a narrow terrace embellished with a wall fountain also resides on this elevation.

Architect: Unknown

Architectural Style: Spanish Colonial Revival

Property Type: Single Family Residence

Original Use: Single-family residence


The Lower Riviera Survey found the building to be eligible as a Structure of Merit. The building qualifies to be designated a Structure of Merit and is eligible 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 house at 878 Paseo Ferrelo is an excellent example of the Spanish Colonial Revival style houses built for middle class residents during the period between the mid-1920s and the mid-1930s. In the Lower Riviera neighborhood the topography informed the layout of Spanish Colonial Revival style houses which usually featured compact plans with garages attached to the house or built into the sloping hillsides. The full range of architectural motifs and materials associated with the style, such as an emphasis on expanses of planer wall surface rather than fenestration, gabled roofs covered in terra cotta tiles, and restrained use of architectural embellishments can be found on the house.
Criterion D. Its exemplification of a particular architectural style or way of life important to the City, the State, or the Nation:
It is an example of the Spanish Colonial Revival style which emphasize the interplay of cubic volumes, patios, pergolas, and verandas; each interpreted and redefined by local architects or regions in their own oeuvre of the form, massing, and decorative treatments. In Santa Barbara, examples of Spanish Colonial Revival style can be found throughout the City as one of its most defining styles of architecture. There are many c. 1920-1930s small, single-family, Spanish Colonial Revival style homes throughout the City. This building is an example of a small, residential interpretation of the Spanish Colonial Revival style, which became an important part of Santa Barbara’s heritage in the 1920s. In Santa Barbara, architecture following or imitating Hispanic influences became an important part of Santa Barbara’s heritage in the 1920s, when the City deliberately transformed its architecture to mimic these styles. This transformation was the result of the planning vision of a number of Santa Barbara citizens in the early 1920s with the founding of the Santa Barbara Community Arts Association, which urged that the town identify its individual character and then use planning principles to develop it.
The house employs the following character-defining elements of the Spanish Colonial Revival style:
• Emphasis on expansive planer wall surfaces
• Roofs covered in terra cotta tiles with emphasis on the terra cotta tile edge that creates a decorative edge from the roof to the wall
The original wood, casement windows are slightly recessed and generally fixed flanked by casement windows with lights divided by horizontal mullions. Windows recess at the wall plane with a stucco return with no trim.Criterion G. Its embodiment of elements demonstrating outstanding attention to architectural design, detail, materials and craftsmanship.
The structure is noteworthy for its smooth, whitewashed, planar, stucco walls, with the emphasis on broad, uninterrupted wall surfaces, its careful use of asymmetrically arranged, horizontally divided, wood casement windows, the decorative tile work, and the terra cotta tile that create a decorative edge \from the roof to the wall. The elements of this structure demonstrate outstanding design, detail, materials and craftsmanship.
Historic Integrity: The building retains 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 1925 original appearance.
City Directory:
1925: A. Kalma

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