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403 Loma Alta Dr

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Designation Status: Designated City Landmark

Assessor Parcel Number: 035-243-002

Historic Name: Carl Oscar Borg House

Constructed: 1918

Property Description:

The house is built in a Mission-Pueblo Revival style, which is characterized by a combination of Hispanic and Native American design elements. Carl Oscar Borg intended the house to resemble the mission church in the Halona Zuni pueblo in New Mexico, one of the five pre-Rebellion adobe churches, constructed c. 1666. The house has the deep walls, blunted corners, and severe silhouette of a mission pueblo church. The façade contains two elements common to the Southwest pueblo churches: flanking towers and a balcony. Façade fenestration is limited to two windows on the first floor; two grilles on the second story are for decorative purposes only. The roof is flat and protruding roof poles are visible along the front and rear of the house, though these are decorative as well.

Architect: Carl Oscar Borg

Architectural Style: Mission Revival

Property Type: Single Family Residence

Original Use: SFR


Designated City of Santa Barbara Landmark (07/18/1995).

The Carl Oscar Borg House is most well known as the residence of Carl Oscar Borg, a famed painter who was most well known for his Plein Air style paintings inspired by Californian landscapes and by his visits to American Indian reservations. His work is found in local as well as national and international museum collections. He built his house afer marrying one of his pupils, Madeline Carriel. He designed the home himself, and drew from his own Southwestern influences to design the dwelling in Mission-Pueblo Revival style, with some Egyptian and Italian style influenced detailing.

This home was designated as a City Landmark on May 11, 1994.

Significant as a City Landmark as per City Council findings (Resolution No. 95-114) 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 home is not only the design, but originally the residence of famed local painter Carl Oscar Borg, and because it is a design that is stylistically unique in Santa Barbara;
C. Its identification with a person or persons (Carl Oscar Borg) who significantly contributed to the culture and development of the City, the State, or the Nation;
F. Its identification as the creation, design, or work of a person or persons (Carl Oscar Borg) 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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