13th Annual ArchitecTours Builds on Santa Barbara Design | Housing and Development Report

Posted on September 16, 2022
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Modern Farmhouse Reno: Bildsten Architecture and Planning renovated this historic Olive Street home. (Jason Rick)

The American Institute of Architects, Santa Barbara (AIASB) will hold its 13th annual ArchitecTours on October 1. This year’s tour theme will celebrate Santa Barbara design, highlighting a range of project types that demonstrate exemplary design in the community.

The 2022 tour will be in person after a virtual tour in 2021 and a canceled tour in 2020 due to the pandemic. The tour runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an after-party from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The tour projects include several unique residencies; a contemporary cliffside home on The Mesa, a remodeled modern farmhouse in downtown Santa Barbara, and two homes in Montecito that share a close relationship with their natural surroundings.

Additionally, the tour includes several historic building renovations, including the former Hollister Family Office building and the adobe, which now houses the Appleton Partners studio and the Architectural Library. Additionally, visitors will have the chance to tour two new downtown multi-family apartment buildings that offer a range of unit sizes and amenities.

Participants will receive a tour brochure and/or app with maps, photos and information detailing all the projects. They will meet architects and design professionals and discover how design impacts art and art impacts design.

Located at the southwest corner of State and Pedregosa streets, this 0.4 acre lot was once a gas station.  The project is a mix of residential duplexes and a small commercial building.  Architect: Thomas Ochsner Architect.
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Located at the southwest corner of State and Pedregosa streets, this 0.4 acre lot was once a gas station. The project is a mix of residential duplexes and a small commercial building. Architect: Thomas Ochsner Architect. (Jim Bartsch)


AIA members and seniors: $75
General public: $85
Students: $25 with proof of registration
AIASB Associate Members $25

Among the tourist sites are:

» State & Pedegrosa: This 0.4 acre lot at the southwest corner of State and Pedregosa Streets was once a gas station. Owners have waited nearly 20 years for passive soil contamination to reach a level suitable for development.

Representing the northern entrance to the El Pueblo Viejo neighborhood, the desire to embrace the Spanish colonial style of Santa Barbara was important. The project is a mix of residential duplexes and a small commercial building.

Architect: Thomas Ochsner Architect

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» Appleton Partners LLP Offices and Marc Appleton Library: The new location of the office and architectural library of Appleton Partners LLP, Architects is steeped in history. In 1931, the descendants of Colonel William Wells Hollister hired the architectural firm of Edwards and Plunkett to design a Spanish Colonial-style brick building with porches and an open garage for their family’s office.

Exclusive to tour participants: Book signing with Marc Appleton from 11 a.m. to noon.

Architect: Appleton Partners LLP

Mayee Plaza: This mixed-use development is located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. The project added 4,800 square feet of retail space, which now houses the Radius Group’s new offices, and 26 efficient housing units under the City of Santa Barbara’s Average Unitary Density (AUD) program.

The building is comprised of a central two-story Monterey-style building surrounded on the surrounding sides by three-story Spanish Colonial style apartments. Beneath it all is a partially underground car park which has automated parking lifts to provide maximum parking in minimum space.

The unique footprint was prompted by two key assets existing on the site – the historic 1875 Ygnacio House, a recent Santa Barbara landmark that housed the last speaker of the Barbareño Chumash language, and a glorious oak tree that now shades life in common outdoors. space.

Architect: Cearnal Collective, LLP

» Casa Anatega: A Spanish Colonial Revival style mixed-use development at the corner of Anacapa and Ortega streets. Thirty residential units sit above nearly 5,000 square feet of commercial/retail/restaurant space and a 32-space parking garage.

The nearly half-acre site, listed as a priority housing location under the city of Santa Barbara’s Medium Unit Density (AUD) program, which allows a maximum of 63 units/acre, was a great opportunity to generate much-needed housing. Located downtown and one block from State Street, the dilapidated existing buildings (a single-family residence and several industrial buildings) constituted a vast underuse of the site.

Architect: Cearnal Collective, LLP

» Cabrillo Shopping Complex: Bringing new life to Santa Barbara’s waterfront gateway, the Cabrillo Shopping Complex project transformed and revitalized an existing neglected structure on a prime Cabrillo waterfront site.

Home to an aging restaurant for 30 years, the Cabrillo Shopping Complex’s renovation project involved bringing an existing, deteriorated building back to life on a prominent site.

The historic structure that had been hidden below the surface was uncovered, while adding upgrades to create two vibrant new restaurants with a commanding presence on beachfront Cabrillo Boulevard.

True to the architectural style of downtown Santa Barbara, the layering of lighting and natural materials combine to create a dynamic outdoor and indoor dining experience adjacent to a historic waterfront setting.

Architect: DMHA Architecture + Interior Design, in association with Henry Lenny Design.

The AIASB thanks the sponsors:
Corinthian: Sonance
Ionic: Ferguson/Newport Brass, T&S Structural, American Riviera Bank.
Doric: Allen Construction, Van Sande Construction.
Tuscany: Ashley & Vance Engineering, Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Screen and Shade, TAB Builders, SB insulate, Bristol Property Management, Brighten Solar.
In kind: Trico Reprographics, Kunin Wine, Aquiviable, Mission Audio Video.

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