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1156 N Ontare Rd

Designation Status: Designated City Landmark

Assessor Parcel Number: 055-160-028

Historic Name: Booth Estate

Constructed: 1939

Property Description:

The adobe house designed by Cornelia Booth and A. B. Harmer, which drew inspiration from Spanish Colonial Revival and Mexican period adobe architecture of the early nineteenth century, was constructed in 1939 for Frederick Booth. Set on a concrete foundation, the single-story adobe house is u-shaped in configuration, with a central mass flanked on either side by projecting wings capped with front gable roofs. The hacienda style house is oriented towards the southeast to take advantage of views of the Pacific Ocean. There are covered verandas on both the front and rear elevations. The veranda roofs are supported by substantial wood posts and beams. The veranda roofs are covered with shingles, while the rest of the house’s moderately pitched, intersecting side and front gable roof is covered in two-piece Mission style terra cotta tiles. Fenestration is primarily of wood framed multi-light double hung sash and casement windows of varying dimensions. A detached three car garage matches the house in both scale and materials. This house is kept in excellent condition.

Architect: Alexander Bertrand Harmer and Cornelia Booth

Architectural Style: Spanish Colonial Revival

Property Type: Single Family Residence

Original Use: SFR

Significance:

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

The adobe house designed by Cornelia Booth and A. B. Harmer, which drew inspiration from Spanish Colonial Revival and Mexican period adobe (hacienda) architecture of the early nineteenth century, was constructed in 1939 for Frederick Booth. The adobe house and garage retain a high degree of architectural integrity and are one of the city’s few examples of a Spanish Colonial Revival style house that was designed to emulate the architecture of California’s Mexican era hacienda houses. Elizabeth Booth states that her mother Cornelia is responsible for the design of the house. Since there is no attribution on the drawings, it is possible that Harmer designed the house, or assisted Cornelia Booth. An Historic Structures Report prepared by Post/Hazeltine Associates concluded that the house and garage qualify for City Landmark designation and for listing on the California Register of Historic Resources and National Register of Historic Places.

Significant as a City Landmark as per City Council findings (Resolution No. 11-076) 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;
D. Its exemplification of a particular architectural style (Spanish Colonial Revival, Adobe, Hacienda) 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 (Alexander Bertrand Harmer and Cornelia Booth) 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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