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1122 North Milpas Street

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Designation Status: Structure of Merit

Assessor Parcel Number: 029-202-001; 029-420-003; 029-420-002

Historic Name: Old Spanish Days Ticket Office

Constructed: 1966

Property Description:

A single story concrete slump block building designed in the Spanish Colonial Revival style. A prominent overhang of the medium pitched terra cotta tile roof creates an open porch extending the length of the building. Wooden posts and exposed rafters support the overhang. Fenestration includes evenly spaced horizontally divided light casement windows. Wavy glass panes and a bottom sill are featured in each window. Double doors with a vertical wave design sit in the center of the street facing façade. Two large adobe chimneys appear on the terra cotta tile roof, one on the rear slope and the other on the far eastern edge of the front facing slope.

Architect: Robert Ingle Hoyt

Architectural Style: Spanish Colonial Revival

Property Type: Office Building

Original Use: Old Spanish Days, INC.


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 structure at 1122 North Milpas elegantly compliments the lower Riviera, a neighborhood known for its dense, semi-tropical, hillside foliage and similarity to the coastal slopes of France and Italy. Constructed in 1966 as a ticket office for the Santa Barbara Bowl (located at 1130 North Milpas), the structure at 1122 North Milpas, continues to fit and enhance the historic integrity and charm of the lower Riviera neighborhood. The structure is also known as the Dreier building, named after major donors to the Bowl Foundation, the Dreier Family.

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 a building constructed of slump block, a concrete block unit that is removed from the mold before it has a chance to completely set. This causes the concrete block to keep a slumped appearance like adobe brick. The building is a late mid-century interpretation of an adobe style. 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 building is an example of an effort after World War II to continue the tradition to design the city in unique Spanish Colonial Revival style even after the popular architectural styles of the nation were now turning to the simplified ranch and mid-century styles. The building stands on an important location on Milpas across from the Santa Barbara Bowl. It is significant that the Robert Ingle Hoyt designed the house in adobe in the Spanish Colonial Revival style and not in the new popular styles being constructed throughout other areas of Santa Barbara as it contributes to the significance of the streetscape. The structure at 1122 North Milpas is a good example of adobe architecture incorporating Santa Barbara's decided look of Spanish Colonial Revival and other Hispanic influences.
Criterion F. Its identification as the creation, design or work of a person or persons whose effort has significantly influenced the heritage of the City, the State or the Nation: The structure at 1122 Milpas Street was designed by Robert Ingle Hoyt, an architect esteemed for his contributions and influence to the architecture of Santa Barbara. Robert Ingle Hoyt was born on March 21, 1913 in Connecticut. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Yale in 1936. In 1941, Hoyt graduated from Cornell University with his Masters degree in Architecture. Following school, Hoyt was employed in multiple architectural firms in New York. In 1947, he opened his own independent firm in Santa Barbara, California. Hoyt’s body of work includes commercial buildings, schools, the adobe Santa Barbara Historical Society Museum and the Unity Church, parking facilities and residences (Robert Ingle Hoyt papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara).

Criterion G. Its embodiment of elements demonstrating outstanding attention to architectural design, detail, materials and craftsmanship.
The structure is noteworthy for its slump block construction with terra-cotta roof tiles, and horizontally divided, wood casement windows that 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 1966 original appearance.

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