Gary Chafe Oral History
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Above photo: Gary Chafe with Mary Louise Days on the day of his interview.
Clip 1: What Got You Into Art? Following World War II, an exhibit of art liberated from the Nazis inspired Gary Chafe to pursue a career in art.
Clip 2: Gary discusses the creation of “New” Chinatown in the Presidio neighborhood after the 1925 earthquake.
Clip 3: Gary and friends work to make Santa Barbara bike-friendly.
Clip 4: During the 1960’s, Gary Chafe was employed as a postal courier for the post office. Couriers during this period were able to use the bus system to complete their routes, enabling them to enjoy the beautiful side of the city during their work day.
Clip 5: Set Designer: Chafe designed sets for the Alhecama Theatre alongside Mr. Freeman, the leader of the Alhecama players.
Clip 6: First Residence: Chafe’s first residence and gallery was located above the Town Market in the Presidio Area across from Jimmy’s Oriental Garden. He later moved his residence to the Whittaker Building, and his gallery just across the street at 132 East Canon Perdido.
*To hear the entire oral history interview or additional clips, please make an appointment with the Presidio Research Center at (805) 966-5073.