August 11, 2009
August 6, 2009
Â Santa Barbarans have long been proud of their city’s heritage from Spanish founders and from the Spanish, Mexican and North American pioneers who first settled here and built the city. The tradition of colorful music, dance and song, together with a spirit of friendliness, hospitality and tolerance are part of this heritage which theÂ Fiesta “Old Spanish Days In Santa Barbara”Â seeks to preserve and perpetuate.
August 2, 2009
We got to tourÂ The Ablitt HouseÂ today and were completely blown away by the attention to detail in the tile work and overall architectural design.This residence sits on a 20 by 20 square foot lot in the heart of Old Town Santa Barbara. The genius behind the project is local architect Jeff Shelton - who designs the impossible - and contractor extraordinarine, Dan Upton, who builds the impossible. Both the architect and the contractor had complete design control over the project and what they ended up with was a work of art. Constructed exclusively of poured concrete it consists of 800,000 pounds of concrete and 4 1/4 miles or rebar rising 53 feet above ground level and sitting on nine caissons extending 44 feet into the ground. The interior consists of award winning tile designs, a 108 foot long black walnut hand rail, key-hole window designs, multiple stone carvings and more representing the work of six local artists. The house is a must see and is open on occasion for public tours. It’s the owners way of thanking the community for their support in getting this work of art through the system.Â