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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…

Memories Project

The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013. In honor of the occasion we are collecting memories from the community about our work, programs, and historic places. We will continue to build this collection, and would like to here from you! For more…

Fiesta! A Santa Barbara Tradition: Images from the Pearl Chase Collection, 1924 - 1930

Founded in 1924, Old Spanish Days Fiesta is a celebration of Santa Barbara's Hispanic heritage. Utilizing Spanish flair to lure summertime tourists to the Santa Barbara area and distinguish the city amongst other surrounding cities, Fiesta incorporates a revival of the 1830s and 1840s Spanish style…

Selections from the Delfina de la Guerra papers

Selected items from the personal papers of Delfina de la Guerra, the last member of the de la Guerra family to reside in the Casa de la Guerra. This collection consists of photographs, letters, clippings, and pressed flowers.

About Delfina de la Guerra:
Delfina de la Guerra was born on March 21,…

Oral Histories

The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation has been collecting oral histories from the community for over 20 years. Here we present audio clips from a selection of these interviews. To hear the entire interview, please make an appointment in the Presidio Research Center.

Please note that…

Presidio Neighborhood Mental Map Project

Mental maps are artistic renderings of a person's perception of the world around them. Just as no two people are exactly alike, each mental map showcases a person's unique geographical perspective.

The Presidio Neighborhood Mental Map Project is a collection of mental maps created for archival…