Stone Architecture in Santa Barbara

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Building with stone requires a commitment to permanence, like the extraordinary, almost citywide conviction of builders in Santa Barbara from the 1870s through the 1930s. As Santa Barbara was evolving from a dusty little port and outlying resort into a vibrant and growing city, there occurred an extraordinary era of stone construction. This was made possible by a fortuitous conjunction of factors: abundant material, a cadre of expert artisans, and almost unlimited financing. This period provided an atmosphere not only conducive to the building of public spaces, homes, bridges, walls, and an assortment of other stonework, but encouraged some exceptional expressions of the stoneworkers' art. Many of these artistic fabrications remain a testimony to the skills and tastes of their creators and add a distinctive element to the particular ambiance that makes Santa Barbara the special place that it is.
ISBN: 9780738569680
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 217
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
While documenting the miles of stone walls that line many of the streets of Santa Barbara, members of the Santa Barbara Conservancy realized the immense value to the region and the world of all of the area's stonework. Through meticulous research, the conservancy produced this volume using photographs both historic and modern that evoke the precious timelessness of stone construction.
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