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Designation Status: Designated City Landmark

Assessor Parcel Number: 025-311-017

Historic Name: Former Flying A Film Studios- Green Room

Constructed: 1913

Property Description:

A 10 ft stucco wall looms over an interior patio on the Chapala Street frontage. Along Mission Street, the wall extends from the corner building to the right end of the property. An arched doorway with a wooden gate leads from the outer wall into the inner courtyard. Three arched windows with wood framing grace the structures Mission St façade. Windows opening to Chapala St are paired casements with wolded stucco sills. A single tower, now positioned on the lot corner, is the most distinguished remnant from the original structural complex.

Architect: J Corbley Pool

Architectural Style: Mission Revival

Property Type: Commercial

Original Use: Film Studio Green Room


Designated City of Santa Barbara Landmark (10/27/1998).

The remaining portions of Santa Barbara's only major motion picture studio, the American Film Manufacturing Company, or "Flying A," evoke the days predating Hollywood's heyday. Important local architect J. Corbley Pool designed the studio with Mission Revival elements. Among the important figures connected to the studio are Richard Bennett, Mary Miles Linter, Jack Kerrigan, William Russel, Victor Fleming, and Charlotte Burton. Today, only the "Green Room" exists as a part of the original building.

Significant as a City Landmark as per City Council findings (Resolution No. 98-144) 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 the building once housed the largest film studio in the country, the building is significant to the heritage of the City, the State, and the Nation.
C. Its identification with a person or persons (J Corbley Pool, Richard Bennett, Mary Miles Minter, Jack Kerrigan, William Russel, Charlotte Burton, Victor Fleming) who significantly contributed to the culture and development of the City, the State, or the Nation;
D. Its exemplification of a particular architectural style (Mission Revival) or way of life important to 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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