November 14, 2016
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Honoring Kellam de Forest

On Saturday, November 12, more than 60 people came out to Arnoldi’s to celebrate our longtime supporter, board member, and friend Kellam de Forest as he marked his 90th birthday. The event was also a fundraiser to help support an exhibition at the Smithsonian, which features Kellam’s father and famed landscape architect Lockwood de Forest. “I want to thank all those who attended the birthday party in my honor at Arnoldi’s for their good wishes and support. Also, thanks to those who sent me cards, Facebook messages and emails. I am honored to be part of the Pearl Chase Society, […]
September 6, 2016
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Pieces of the Past: Fountain Conservation

By  Rochelle Rose as Published on Edhat.com Thanks to generous and thoughtful donations by the Pearl Chase Society and the Museum League, the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum’s Courtyard Fountain was conserved to its original glory! Conservator-in-Residence Amy Green supervised the restoration project over a period of two weeks in July as visitors and staff viewed the progress. The Museum’s project entailed conserving Iznik tiles made in Turkey during the mid-16th century. According to Katie Thoma, one of the conservators who worked on the project, the tiles suffered from considerable exposure to water and weather. The tiles were painstakingly cleaned, filled, […]
August 9, 2016
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Pearl Chase Society Elects New Board Officers

The Pearl Chase Society, formed in the 1990s to preserve its namesake’s vision for historic Santa Barbara, recently elected new Board members and officers. Elected president was Steve Dowty, principal architect with KBZ Architects, Inc., where he has received local and statewide awards for architectural design. Steve was a member of the Hope Ranch Homeowners Association Board of Architectural Review for over ten years and will be leading the Society’s effort in support of the Franceschi House. He recently served as the Society’s vice president. Erik Davis, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications for Pacifica Graduate Institute, was elected Board […]
June 14, 2016
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Franceschi Park Cleanup Day, Saturday, June 11, 2016

It was an unexpectedly – but welcome – wet day for the City’s annual Franceschi Park Cleanup on Saturday, June 11, 2016. Seven stalwart members of the public including Pearl Chase Society director Bob Burtness and member Rick Closson showed up to work. Three City staff members were there with an array of tools and a variety of projects. Due to the weather, our expected tasks of trimming vegetation were set aside in favor of things less affected by soggy beds. Visitors to the Park know there’s a seemingly unending virtual list of chores to be done and we easily […]