Fridolin Haass Watercolors of Santa Barbara Adobes

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Fridolin Haass Watercolors of Santa Barbara Adobes


Commissioned in the early 1950’s by community leader Pearl Chase, this collection of exquisitely detailed watercolors by Fridolin Haass depicts Santa Barbara’s historic adobe buildings. Haass’ paintings were generously donated by Mrs. Chase to the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation.

Together, these paintings document the Hispanic architectural heritage of Santa Barbara and capture the beauty and uniqueness of each adobe edifice. Some of the public structures and private homes rendered in these paintings no longer stand; others are familiar landmarks within the city.

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Buenaventura Pico Adobe<br /><br />
920 Anacapa Street
Perhaps built as early as the 1820s, this small adobe is located in the middle of the Presidio headquarters block. It was originally owned by the family of Santiago de la Cruz Pico, founder of the prominent Pico clan of California. He had served as…

Gonzalez-Ramirez Adobe<br /><br />
835 Laguna Street
Rafael Gonzalez, a presidio soldier and town mayor in 1829, built this house c. 1825. The adobe was later owned by his daughter and son-in-law, Ventura and Cristobal Ramirez, and it remained in the Gonzalez family for nearly a century. Enlarged and…

Oreña Adobes, Patio Area<br /><br />
27-29 and 29 East De La Guerra Street
The Oreña Adobes were restored in 1919-20 under the direction of James Osborne Craig, the architect of El Paseo. The buildings and the annexes have since been used for shops, a tea room, and residences. Oreña-Rickard family members now have offices…

Valdez House
This small wooden house was built c. 1871 for Concepcion Valdez, who resided on the property for over forty-five years. It is occupied by the Santa Cruz Island Foundation.

Fernald House<br /><br />
414 West Montecito Street
Although this watercolor departs from the theme of this exhibit, it was part of Haass' series of Santa Barbara paintings. This Victorian House, originally located at 422 Santa Barbara Street, was built in 1862 by Judge Charles Fernald. In 1880, the…

Arellanes-Kirk Adobe<br /><br />
421 East Figueroa Street
This small hilltop house was built c. 1860 for the family of Barbara Dominguez de Arellanes and Francisco Arellanes, descendants of some of the earliest settlers of New Spain. Their daughter, Maria de las Angustias, married Frank Kirk in 1866, and…

Oreña Adobe<br /><br />
27 East De la Guerra Street
The one-story adobe on the right was constructed in 1849 by José de la Guerra, fifth comandante of the Santa Barbara Presidio. It was used as a storehouse for merchandise received from ships. Gaspar Oreña purchased the property and built the adjacent…

Gannon-Martinez-Ruiz Adobe<br /><br />
1022 Anacapa Street
This house was built c. 1859 by Josefa Valdez de Gannon, the widow of an Irish immigrant. She later married Leandro Martinez; their daughters resided in the adobe for many decades. It was demolished in 1959.

Hill-Carrillo Adobe<br /><br />
11-15 East Carrillo Street
Daniel Hill, an immigrant from Massachusetts, built this major adobe for his California-born bride, Rafaela Ortega, in 1825-26. A later owner was Captain John Wilson, whose wife, Ramona, was the mother of California Governor Romualdo Pacheco. In the…

De La Guerra Adobe<br /><br />
11-19 East De la Guerra Street
Constructed between 1818 and 1828 for the fifth comandante of the Santa Barbara Presidio, José de la Guerra, this "adobe mansion" was a center of the early community's political and social life. The house remained in the family for over one hundred…

Casa Covarrubias<br /><br />
715 Santa Barbara Street
This large adobe was built in 1817 as the residence of Domingo Carrillo and Concepcion Pico de Carrillo. Jose Maria Covarrubias acquired it in 1853, a few years after the last congress under the Mexican flag was held there under Pio Pico. The…

Trussell-Winchester Adobe<br /><br />
412 West Montecito Street
Captain Horatio Gates Trussell built this house in 1854 from adobe bricks and from wood salvaged from the shipwreck of the "SS Winfield Scott." Sheathed in wood, this adobe reflects the influence of its builder, a native of New England. Wooden…
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