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2121 Garden Street

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Designation Status: Designated City Landmark

Assessor Parcel Number: 025-252-003

Historic Name: The Olives Residence

Constructed: 1888/1906 Remodel

Property Description:

The house is one of the earliest Craftsman style structures in the City, yet it retains elements that reveal its Eastlake Victorian style origins, including; the ship lap siding on the first floor, the tall hipped roof, and the hexagonal bay that was the base of the turret, the coffered ceiling of the front porch, and the inset loggia on the second floor. The Craftsman elements include the divided lights in the upper sashes to give the house a more horizontal appearance, rather than the Victorian verticality, and the wide overhanging eaves with exposed rafter tails. The house thus embodies the actual transition in taste from the ornamental Eastlake Victorian style to the simpler and more horizontal, Craftsman style favored so much in Santa Barbara and California in the early decades of the twentieth century. The house offers a visual record of the shift from one dominant style to another, and it blends the two styles seamlessly.

Architect: Unknown

Architectural Style: Craftsman

Property Type: Residential

Original Use:


As unique example of an Eastlake Victorian house converted into a Craftsman style that is illustrative of the growth and development of Santa Barbara's high-end residential neighborhoods during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The house is identified with the original owner, Lucy Noyes Brinkerhoff,
the widow of noted Dr. Samuel Bevier
Brinkerhoff, the only medical doctor in Santa Barbara during its early development, and after whom Brinkerhoff Avenue and the Brinkerhoff Avenue Landmark District are named. The house is also associated with the Fenzi family. Camillo and Warren Fenzi, son and grandson of Santa Barbara’s renowned botanist/horticulturalist Dr. Francesco Franceschi, occupied the house for 76 years and contributed significantly to the civic and cultural heritage of the city.
The combination of the Eastlake Victorian and Craftsman elements distinguish the house from other Craftsman style houses on Garden Street and mark it as a unique one of a kind example of its type in the neighborhood. The building embodies not only outstanding attention to design with the inset loggia on the second floor and hexagonal bay on the south east comer of the house. The house embodies extreme attention to detail, materials and craftsmanship. These include its porch with beautifully detailed coffered ceiling, large, bay windows with divided lights in the upper sashes, mix of drop lap and wood shingle siding, hipped roof dormers, and hipped roofs with wide overhanging eaves supported by exposed rafter tails.Integrity is the ability to convey its original appearance. There are essential physical features that must be considered to evaluate the integrity. The house has had few alterations since 1906 and retains its character-defining features, including the drop lap and shingle siding, hipped roof, coffered ceiling of the porch, and multi-paned lights in the upper sash of the wood, double hung, wide windows. Since 1906, the building has retained its integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling and association so that the building can still convey its appearance of 1906.

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