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Designation Status: Designated City Landmark

Assessor Parcel Number: 039-183-050

Historic Name: Granada Building

Constructed: 1924

Property Description:

The building is eight stories high constructed with the theatre in the center and two shops on either side. It is built of steel reinforced concrete with a brick and glazed terracota façade. The roof is red tile and steeply hipped. The façade of the building features many Spanish renaissance architectural details with ornamentation of the brick and terracotta tile.

Architect: A B Rosenthal

Architectural Style: Spanish Renaissance/Beaux Arts

Property Type: Commercial

Original Use: Theatre


Designated City of Santa Barbara Landmark (12/07/2011).

The Granada Building was constructed for the California Theater Company as the first and only "skyscraper" in Santa Barbara by architect A.B. Rosenthal and Contractor Charles M. Urton. After the building was constructed, an ordinance was adopted to limit buildings to 6 stories and to prohibit buildings over 60 feet. Built just prior to the 1925 earthquake, the building suffered very minor damage, which subsequently strengthened Urton's reputation as a builder. The Granada is eight stories high and built as a multi-use property with a two story theater at the base, and professional offices utilizing the rest of the building. The building was designed in a Spanish Renaissance/Beaux Arts style and named the Granada to link the style of the building with the Spanish city of the same name.

Significant as a City Landmark as per City Council findings (Resolution No. 11-074) 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 Granada is the first and only skyscraper in Santa Barbara, because the theater has maintained its role as a successful theater since its opening, and because it is one of the few buildings to survive the 1925 earthquake;
D. Its exemplification of a particular architectural style (Spanish Renaissance/Moorish/Corinthian) 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 (A B Rosenthal, Charles M Urton) whose effort significantly influenced the heritage of the City, the State, or the Nation;
I. Its unique location or singular characteristic representing an established and familiar visual feature of a neighborhood.

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