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 […]
March 3, 2016

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 […]