September 6, 2016

Pieces of the Past: Fountain Conservation

By  Rochelle Rose as Published on 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

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
Franceschi Park

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 […]
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, […]