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820 Santa Barbara St

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Designation Status: Designated City Landmark

Assessor Parcel Number: 031-012-019

Historic Name: Rochin Adobe

Constructed: 1856 and c. 1900

Property Description:

A one story adobe structure that was covered with redwood shiplap siding in 1900. It has a high gable roof of composition material over shingles and a long recessed fron porch with shed overhang. Windows are double-hung and the doors are wood paneled.


Architectural Style: Spanish Colonial

Property Type: Single Family Residence

Original Use: SFR


Designated City of Santa Barbara Landmark (07/13/1982).

This adobe was built by a fourth generation niece of Captain Jose Francisco Ortega, first comandante and original builder of the Presidio. Senora Rochin used adobe bricks from the ruined walls of the Presidio which were on her property. Glazed floor tiles from the original soldiers' barracks of the Royal Presidio were used on the floors. This is one of the few adobes in Santa Barbara to be owned by a descendant of an original owner.

Significant as a City Landmark as per City Council findings (Resolution No. 82-133) 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 strucuture is exemplary of the Spanish Colonial style adobe, because the adobe is associated with descendants of Captain Jose Ortega, and because the adobe was constructed from original brick from the ruined Presidio, this structure is significant to the heritage of the City.
D. Its exemplification of a particular architectural style (Spanish Colonial) or way of life important to the City, the State, or the Nation;

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