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2255 Modoc Rd

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Designation Status: Designated City Landmark

Assessor Parcel Number: 043-021-002

Historic Name: La Cumbre Junior High School

Constructed: 1927-1928

Property Description:

A two-story building with a hipped and gabled roofline covered with red clay tiles. The building's Modoc Rd frontage has varying setbacks, each bay having a different pattern of window placement. The two-story portion on the west has a small ornamental tower. The end bay has a stucco mirador. The second floor of the main section has spindled windows. There is a corbel band and a jar motif at the end of the easterly section. The structure is of reinforced concrete with a stucco finish.

Architect: William Weeks

Architectural Style: Mediterranean

Property Type: School

Original Use: Junior High School


Designated City of Santa Barbara Landmark (03/25/1986).

La Cumbre Junior High School was designed by the San Francisco firm of William H. Weeks, which also designed Santa Barbara High School and Santa Barbara Junior High School. The school is designed in the
Mediterranean style.

Significant as a City Landmark as per City Council findings (Resolution No. 2-85) 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 school is designed by renowned architect William Weeks and because the building is exemplary of the Mediterranean architectural style, the building is significant to the heritage of the City.
C. Its identification with a person or persons (William Weeks) who significantly contributed to the culture and development of the City, the State, or the Nation;
D. Its exemplification of a particular architectural style (Mediterranean) or way of life important to the City, the State, or the Nation;
E. Its exemplification of the best remaining architectural type (Mediterranean) in a neighborhood;
F. Its identification as the creation, design, or work of a person or persons (William Weeks) 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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