March 3, 2016
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Moody Cottages in the Historic Homes Tour

by Kelly Mahan and Rose Thomas This year’s Pearl Chase Society Historic Homes Tour will showcase a variety of architectural styles that make up Santa Barbara’s eclectic style. Four of the homes on the tour were built by Harriet and Mildred Moody, two of the four Moody Sisters, who designed an enclave of English-style cottages on a small cul-de-sac called Rosemary Lane. The four Moody Sisters (Brenda and Wilma primarily dealt with the real estate and banking side of the transactions) were a development force in the 1930s and 40s, designing and decorating about three-dozen “pixie like” homes in Santa […]
March 1, 2016
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Historic Homes Tour Tickets

Tickets for the 16th Historic Homes Tour are now on sale! Click Here to reserve your spot. Presented by The Pearl Chase Society, the Historic Homes Tour will take place on Sunday, May 15, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The tour features 7 amazing residences, 3 homes in Santa Barbara and 4 in Montecito, and presents a collage of Santa Barbara architecture. Four Moody Sister Cottages will feature the entrepreneurship of a close-knit Santa Barbara family of sisters who created a series of “storybook houses” at a time when women were generally excluded from the business world. Inspired […]
February 23, 2016
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Historic Homes Tour Volunteers and Docents

The Pearl Chase Society is looking for volunteers, docents and sponsors for its 16th Historic Homes Tour. ‘From Moody to Manse’, the Historic Homes Tour will take place on Sunday, May 15, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The tour will feature 7 amazing residences: 3 homes in Santa Barbara and 4 in Montecito. From quaint cottages designed by the Moody Sisters, to two Craftsman homes, to a recently remodeled Mediterranean estate, the tour presents a collage of Santa Barbara architecture. If you wish to serve as a docent, help as a volunteer or are interested in becoming a […]
December 16, 2015
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Saving Franceschi House From Demolition

Santa Barbara, CA September 16, 2015 The Pearl Chase Society has launched a petition drive to save Franceschi House from demolition. UPDATE: The petition drive reached its goal of over 1,000 signatures! Thank you. The story of Santa Barbara’s Franceschi House is one of American dreams: immigrant success, strong family ties, extreme wealth, respect for history, good intentions, poor execution, and benign neglect. All within four decades. The two major figures of the House saga – Francesco Franceschi and Alden Freeman – each contributed his own interesting personal history to the story. Originally built by the immigrant Franceschi family in 1905, […]