May 6, 2016

Make Myself at Home: Storybook Sweetbriar Cottage Historic Homes Tour Visits This Enchanting Moody Sisters Cottage

As published in the Santa Barbara Independent by Sarah Sinclair Harriet and Mildred Moody were enterprising sisters with both a flair for design and a head for business who, with the help of siblings Brenda and Wilma, made their mark on Santa Barbara’s architectural landscape both literally and figuratively. The Moody sisters left as their legacy several clusters of distinctive cottages throughout Montecito and Santa Barbara, as well as an almost mythical following of admirers of both the sisters and the houses themselves. Four 1940s-era Moody sisters cottages will be featured in the upcoming annual Pearl Chase Society Historic Homes Tour, […]
April 30, 2016

Happy Home Renovated historic building now hub for family, friends

As published in the Santa Barbara News-Press by Marilyn McMahon, News-Press Staff writer. (April 16, 2016) The husband describes it as “urban living without the disadvantages.” His wife says it’s “elegant, grand and spacious but very livable.” The young couple, who prefer to remain anonymous, are talking about their stately home on the Upper Eastside that was once a synagogue, home for a New Age religious organization and more recently headquarters for the Fielding Institute. The home will be one of seven on the 16th annual Historic Homes Tour sponsored by the Pearl Chase Society from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. […]
April 18, 2016
Franceschi Park

Franceschi Park Annual Clean-Up: Volunteers Needed

The annual clean up of Franceschi Park is scheduled for Saturday, June 11th between 9:00 am and noon. The work will focus on an area of the park which will highlight many of the plants introduced by Dr. Francesco Franceschi nearly a century ago. Volunteers can help trim plants, clear paths, and perform general park cleanup. Long shirts are advised, and participants are asked to bring small tools, such as rakes, hedge trimmers, clippers, and gloves. Please save the date and more details will follow.
March 31, 2016
holy water font

Exclusive Tour of Santa Barbara Mission Renovations

On Thursday, April 7, the Board of the Pearl Chase Society and select media will take a special tour of the historic Santa Barbara Mission and the seven renovation projects that revealed a whole new history of the building. Starting at 2:30 p.m. in the sacred garden side of the church, the Pearl Chase Society and Old Mission Santa Barbara will lead a tour that will last 20-30 minutes. Come see the four holy water fonts that have been moved back into their original 1820 location, picture left. See the hydrology wells that protected the Mission from groundwater. Look into the […]