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27 39 De La Guerra St

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Designation Status: Designated City Landmark

Assessor Parcel Number: 037-052-020

Historic Name: Orena Adobes

Constructed: 1849, 1858

Property Description:

Single-story, stuccoed brick commercial building fronting on De la Guerra Street in downtown Santa Barbara directly across street from Ciyt Hall. Symmetrical façade has an arched window at each side of centered arched doorway, cornice at eave line and low parapet above. Five double-hung windows and double door, probably original, remain on SW side. Hipped roof is covered with composition shingles. Glass-enclosed porch at rear appears to be later addition. Garden at rear was relandscaped about 1975. Building and grounds are in good condition.


Architectural Style: Spanish Colonial

Property Type: Commercial

Original Use: commercial


Designated City of Santa Barbara Landmark (03/09/1960).

One of the earliest brick, commercial structures remaining in Santa Barbara, the building was probably constructed about 1860 by Gaspar Orena and used as a dry goods store. Orena was born in Spain in 1824, came to California in 1842, and settled in Santa Barbara where he married one of the daughters of Don Jose de la Guerra, comandante of the Santa Barbara Presidio. The building is adjacent to the older Orena Adobes to the East, and has seen a variety of uses.

Significant as a City Landmark as per City Council findings (Resolution No. 83-045) by the following criteria:

A. Its character, interest or value as a significant part of the heritage of the City, the State or the Nation because they are some of the oldest adobe brick commercial structures in Santa Barbara and because of their connection with Don Jose de la Guerra;
C. Its identification with a person or persons (the Orena-Richard family, James Osborne Craig, and Don de la Guerra) who significantly contributed to the culture and development of the City, the State, or the Nation;
D. Its exemplification of a particular architectural style (adobe Spanish Colonial) or way of life important to the City, the State, or the Nation;
F. Its identification as the creation, design, or work of a person or persons (Gaspar Orena) whose effort significantly influenced the heritage of the City, the State, or the Nation;
G. Its embodiment of elements demonstrating outstanding attention to architectural design, detail, materials and craftsmanship;
I. Its unique location or singular characteristic representing an established and familiar visual feature of a neighborhood.

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