1306 Alta Vista Rd
Designation Status: Structure of Merit
Assessor Parcel Number: 029-100-036
This is a Craftsman house with a modified hipped roof covered in composition shingles. Exterior walls are clad in clapboard siding. The street façade is symmetrical with a French style front door, flanked by paired mulit-light casement windows. A centrally placed porch, supported by wood posts, shelters the front door. The house's remaining fenestration is comprised primarily of casement windows. The shallow front yard is delineated by a stucco clad masonry wall. A set of concrete steps leads from the sidewalk to the house's front porch.
Architectural Style: Craftsman
Property Type: Single Family Residence
The City of Santa Barbara establishes historic significance as provided by the Municipal Code, Section 22.22.040. Any historic building that meets one or more of the eleven criteria (Criteria A through K) established for a City Structure of Merit can be considered significant. The building is an excellent candidate for Structure of Merit designation per the following three criteria:
Criterion A. Its character, interest or value as a significant part of the heritage of the City, the State or the Nation
The one-story Craftsman style residence was constructed circa 1923 with a side-facing jerkinhead roof, and a front-facing jerkinhead roof over a deep porch projecting from the center of the façade. The street façade is symmetrical with a divided light, Craftsman style front door, flanked by paired horizontally divided light casement windows. The house's fenestration is comprised primarily of casement windows. The shallow front yard is delineated by a stucco clad masonry wall. A set of concrete steps leads from the sidewalk to the house's front porch. The original owner on record in of the house was J. W. Ogram, salesman of mineral water at Painted Cave Resort 1926-35. The property is within the Lower Riviera Neighborhood, which developed during the period between circa 1900 and 1940. Modest, usually one-story houses, designed in a range of architectural styles including National Folk, Craftsman, and Period Revival characterize the neighborhood. The minimally altered 1923 Craftsman style building is important to the heritage of Santa Barbara as the details that are found on the building constitute a resource valuable to exemplify methods of construction, craftsmanship, attention to detail, and artistry reflective of the Craftsman style. The building illustrates social and aesthetic movements and conveys a sense of place and time.
Criterion D. Its exemplification of a particular architectural style or way of life important to the City, the State, or the Nation
The house was designed in the Craftsman style. Craftsman style homes are known for their intimate scale and intricate wooden details gently layered over wood clapboards, shingles, stone, and bricks. Their porches turn back time while providing a gentle transition between the outside world and cozy spaces inside. The Craftsman houses are uniquely American creations that began to appear around 1905 in Southern California. They are a fusion of wooden Asian architectural details, the English Arts and Crafts movement, and an innovative California spirit. Mastered by the Greene brothers, whose landmark Gamble House still stands as a masterpiece of the ideals that the Craftsman style promoted, the fashion translated to all scales of home building. These houses became extraordinarily popular throughout the U.S. during the first 30 years of the 20th century. Pattern books and periodicals furthered the study of the architecture; even kits to build an entire house could be ordered and delivered to building sites.
The details of the porch posts and rails, rafter tails, and eave brackets allow significant variation. Also, brick, stone, stucco, and wood siding of many different types are used in this style, resulting in almost every example's taking on its own unique identity. Because the house at 1306 Alta Vista Street exemplifies the Craftsman style and is illustrative of the development of Santa Barbara’s residential neighborhoods during the late-nineteenth century, it is eligible for listing as a City of Santa Barbara Structure of Merit under criterion D.
Criterion G. Its embodiment of elements demonstrating outstanding attention to architectural design, detail, materials and craftsmanship
The following features demonstrate outstanding attention to detail: the decorative wood bracket in the corners of the porch posts; the large central pane framed by delicate lights on the edge that give a detailed pattern to the front door and the wood window header that is slightly longer than the side trim demonstrate outstanding attention to detail, materials, and craftsmanship. In addition, the house embodies elements that demonstrate an outstanding attention to design, with the symmetrical facade and roofline silhouette created by the jerkinhead roof.
The building retains most of its original features, including the garage, 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 c. 1923 original appearance and the house has retained sufficient integrity to qualify for designation as a Structure of Merit. The house retains the majority of its character-defining elements, including its fenestration, cladding, and hipped roof line, which help it to contribute to the visual and physical integrity of the district as the type of residence typically found in the City’s modestly scaled residential neighborhoods during the first four decades of the twentieth century.
Staff and the HLC Designations Subcommittee recommend that the Historic Landmarks Commission adopt a resolution to designate the Craftsman style house at 1306 Alta Vista Road as a Structure of Merit, with a designation boundary of the entire parcel to allow for review of any changes for compatibility.
1. (Draft) Resolution to designate
Randel, Steven. Roots of Style: See What Defines a Craftsman Home. November 1, 2013.
From Lower Riviera Survey: The property is within the Lower Riviera Neighborhood, which developed during the period between circa 1900 and 1940. Modest, usually one-story houses, designed in a range of architectural styles including National Folk, Craftsman and Period Revival characterize the neighborhood. While post-World War II development, including the demolition of single-family houses and construction of apartment houses and condominium complexes has altered the character of portions of the neighborhood a part of the neighborhood, including the house at 1306 Alta Vista Road, has retained sufficient integrity to qualify for designation as contributing property to the proposed Lower Riviera Historic District under Criteria A and D. The house retains the majority of its character-defining elements, including its fenestration, cladding, and roof that help to contribute to the visual and physical integrity of the district as the type of residence typically found in the City’s modestly scaled residential neighborhoods during the first four decades of the twentieth century.
1926-35: J. W. Ogram (owner), salesman, mineral water, Painted Cave Resort.
1940-56: Mrs. Adeline Ogram (owner)