The Capital: June 2017 Issue

The Pearl Chase Society is concerned about the City’s AUD program; projects such as 835 Canon Perdido Street and 711 Milpas Street seem to get approval with little consideration of their impact to neighborhoods and historical resources. Stricter guidelines for HLC and ABR commissioners and requirements for applicants have been written, but guidelines are only guidelines. The Housing Task Force is yet to propose any new ordinances or a moratorium on new project applications.

The Capital: May 2017 Issue

At April’s Pearl Chase Society board meeting, it was decided that the Maritime Museum will once again be the venue for the Society’s annual meeting.  A guest speaker at the meeting was Mary Rose, an agent from the East Valley Preservation Association who is advocating for the protection of 2500 East Valley Road.

The Capital: April 2017 Issue

More than a year ago readers of The Capital (Dec ‘15/Jan ’16 combined issue) were reintroduced to Cristina Fenzi, wife of Francesco Franceschi (née Emanuele Orazio Fenzi). At the time she seemed an amazingly strong woman who had six children survive 10 pregnancies. She seemed to have raised them for almost a decade as a single parent in Italy as her husband pursued his botanical interests in the New World.

The Capital: March 2017 Issue

Two of the historic Italian Stone Pine trees on Anapamu Street, which the PCS has so valiantly tried to save, succumbed to the torrential rains and fell down on Friday, February 17. At February’s Pearl Chase Society Board meeting, conversation was had regarding the Franceschi House, as Sue Adams and Steve Dowty met with City Parks & Recreation reps in January to discuss the condition of the house.

The Capital: February 2017 Issue

The Society board is currently looking into several projects, including a “Pearl Chase Garden” that is on the UCSB campus between the Chancellor’s residence and the bio building, according to the groundskeeper at UCSB. Board members are also discussing how to better get young people involved in the Society’s mission.

The Capital December 2016 Issue

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. Kellam is a founding member of the Pearl Chase Society and has been a key preservationist since its origins in 1998.

The Capital November 2016 Issue

In this issue of The Capital, the Pearl Chase Society welcomed Cole Cervantes, and third generation Santa Barbara resident to the Board of Directors.  Also, the Board agreed to send a letter encouraging a moratorium on the City’s Average Unit Density program.

The Capital October 2016 Issue

In this issue of The Capital, see the restored foundation at the Museum of Natural History, sponsored by the Pearl Chase Society while Preservation Watch informs members of community projects that may disturb historical structures and features, explains community preservation efforts, and/or lists opportunities for public input for those concerned with a particular issue.

The Capital August/ September 2016 Issue

In this issue of The Capital, get a recap of the Pearl Chase Society Annual Meeting, where new Board members were selected. Also, Kellam de Forest outlines a number of important community projects in Preservation Watch.

The Capital July 2016 Issue

Please join us for the Annual Meeting, July 7, 2016 at 5:30 pm at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way.  Come and enjoy a lecture from Maritime Museum Executive Director Greg Gorga, the annual meeting and refreshments from Arnoldi’s!

The Capital May 2016 Issue

April was a busy month for the Pearl Chase Society, starting with the monthly board meeting held at the Santa Barbara Mission. The board was invited on a tour of the historic landmark by Tina Foss, the museum’s director and cultural resources manager. Also read about Mediterranean style in the Historic Homes Tour…

The Capital April 2016 Issue

At this month’s Pearl Chase Society Board meeting, board members received a presentation from representatives from the Santa Barbara Conservancy, who are working on the second edition of the book, Santa Barbara El Pueblo Viejo. Also in the newsletter, is a preview of the Craftsman Homes on the 2016 Historic Homes Tour…

The Capital March 2016 Issue

At this month’s Pearl Chase Society Board meeting, there was much discussion about Casa Dorinda’s expansion plans, and the impact the expansion will have on the historic south bridge on the property, which is slated for demolition…

The Capital February 2016 Issue

The Pearl Chase Society Board is busy making plans for the 2016 Historic Homes Tour, which is scheduled for Sunday, May 15, from 11 am to 4 pm…

The Capital December 2015 Issue

Happy Holidays from the Pearl Chase Society Board of Directors! This is a great time to reflect on the accomplishments of the board over the past year, and look at goals for 2016.

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