Richard Oglesby Oral History
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Above Photo: Richard Oglesby and Mary Louise Days at the Cañedo Adobe/Presidio Visitor Center, August 30, 2012.
Clip 1: Richard recalls the mysterious yet fateful phone call from Pearl Chase he received shortly after his arrival in Santa Barbara, which he attributes to his ventures in Santa Barbara history.
Clip 2: Despite the physical labor that all of the adobe brick making required, Richard describes how the completion of the Padre’s Quarters reconstruction is one of his most sentimental memories of his time with the Trust.
Clip 3: Demonstrating both his and the Trust’s avid dedication to an authentic reconstruction of the Presidio, Richard remembers recruiting Gil Sanchez, an architect known for his work in restoration and preservation who assured the Trust that he could design a faithful adobe reconstruction of the Chapel.
Clip 4: Richard shares how not even a one million dollar offer could persuade Trust members to limit their vision in the 1980s of reconstructing the entire Presidio.
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