April 18, 2018

Pearl Chase Society Announces 17th Annual Historic Homes Tour in Montecito

SANTA BARBARA, CA —The Pearl Chase Society announces its 17th annual Historic Homes Tour, which showcases the diversity of homes designed over three decades in Montecito’s Hedgerow District, recently challenged by the forces of nature. “Hidden in the Hedgerows” will bring participants inside some of the homes and history that marked the dynamic early years of the 20th century. No tour of Santa Barbara area historic homes would be complete with-out designs by noteworthy architects and their signature styles. But our event this year acknowledges the reality that custom homes are designed through the collaboration of both architect and client, […]
October 30, 2017

Presidential Trysts: The President’s Daughter

From the October Capital by Rick Closson “It seems to me that a leading question ought to be: do the American people want a common libertine for their president?” As topical as this question may seem, it’s not a quote from the recent campaign despite what you may think. It’s the lead sentence from a 2013 article in Smithsonian Magazine referring to a 19th century American election. The paragraph concludes, “So wrote a preacher from Buffalo, New York, to the editor of the Chicago Tribune on the eve of the 1884 presidential election.” The then-candidate (and ultimately, president – twice) […]
August 16, 2017

Pearl Chase Society to Appeal AUD Project at 800 Santa Barbara St.

The Pearl Chase Society and the Santa Barbara Conservancy request an appeal to the City Council of the referenced HLC decision. The grounds for this appeal is that the proposed project design does not conform to the El Pueblo Viejo Guidelines; the proposed project impacts historic resources, especially the Presidio and its historic environs; and the project’s proposed site location, within the EPV district, is not appropriate for the intended high-density multi-residential use. The project is within close proximity to the city’s historic core. The adjacent block to the southwest includes the Santa Barbara History Museum, the Meridian Studios and […]
August 16, 2017

Annual Meeting News and Notes

Society News & Notes by Kelly Mahan Herrick It was a great turnout at this year’s Annual Meeting of the Pearl Chase Society, which took place on July 6 at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. Dozens of PCS members came out to enjoy appetizers and wine from Arnoldi’s, and to hear a recap of the Society’s latest accomplishments, as well as an entertaining presentation from historian Betsy Green. President Steve Dowty began the meeting by formally voting in board members Marcella Simmons, Chris Hoehner, and Cole Cervantes. Simmons is a local real estate agent with Village Properties, and Hoehner spends […]