Presidio Neighborhood Mental Map Project

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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 use and display at SBTHP 50th Anniversary events in 2013.

Collection Items

Mental Map- Anne Petersen
In the twelve years I have worked at SBTHP I have traversed this neighborhood countless times. When I picture the neighborhood, I think of my trails through and around it. As you'll see from the map, some of my trails are through legal pedestrian…

Mental Map- Karen Schultz Anderson
I've drawn what I consider to be the heart of the Presidio neighborhood, the area around the intersection of East Canon Perdido & Santa Barbara Streets.

Mental Map- Joshua Figueroa
It is a collection of images I think of when I look back on my time with the Presidio. There is my school, the entrance to Mike's office, the adobe kiln, gardening, a hummingbird (I always see them around here), a straw hat, etc.

Mental Map- Amanda Gonzalez
This is a geographical map of the Presidio neighborhood in the present. There are several museums, a state historic park, and many historic sites. My map reflects the present businesses/residences that are established in this area. I wished to…

Mental Map-Torie Quinonez
I feel like the intersection of Canon Perdido and Santa Barbara Streets has been the center of my universe for the entire 1.5 years I have lived in Santa Barbara. I came here to be the Presidio Research Center Librarian so this place has been the…

Mental Map- Meredith Brockriede
This map depicts the places I see, eat in and work at five days a week. Unsurprisingly it is not to scale or representative of all this great little neighborhood has to offer. I appear to have taken greatest note of where I may procure my next meal,…

Mental Map- Laina Malm
Looking down Canon Perdido St., the Presidio sits among contemporary shops, restaurants and local businesses. This juxtaposition between historic buildings and modern commerce allows locals and visitors to enjoy the best of both worlds.

Mental Map- Michael Orth
The placement of the Presidio photograph on the inside of the California State Parks pamphlet inspired me to use it as a canvas for my mental map. As a scholar, I wanted my map to reflect how I visualize the Presidio neighborhood and how I would…

Mental Map - Tara Tran
I understand maps - at least of places I’m more familiar with - as layers of experiences spatially oriented. This one is not a literal representation (because I’m not a city planner or an architect or a realist artist). Think of it as a really rough…

Mental Map - Elizabeth Poucher
The color of the Casa de la Guerra is the courtyard; people visiting, shopping in the store, preparing the meals.

Mental Map - Marcus Lopez
Presidio Neighborhood is a busy corridor where the past meets the present in daily life in Santa Barbara. This map depicts the Presidio, 3 pickles, the shop, and up to Panino and an attempt at including vehicles and cars, but unfortunately omitting…

Mental Map - Kathy Chalfant
The presidio neighborhood through the ages.
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