Nov 18, 2003 - Mystery of the Hawaiian Tile
Beth S (93101) correctly identified the location of the Hawaiian tile and is the deserving winner of a $10 Peetís coffee card. While she was the only one who located it at 9 West Figueroa (the side of Tomís Toy World on the SW corner of State and Figueroa), one subscriber guessed Tienda Ho, a trendy boutique on the west side of State Street just north of Figueroa. Close-but-no-cigar! The tile, however, seems to be shrouded in the mystique of a dark unsolved mystery in Santa Barbaraís past.
You see, while the tile shown here is found within a stoneís throw of Tienda Ho,
it is also found way on the other side of town in a shady passageway on the side of the old Sears Department Store in La Cumbre Plaza. How could this unique and mysterious tile be in two places at once? Itís like finding the bones of the same type of dinosaur on the other side of the world. Ancient astronauts? Shifting platonic plates (plates that donít sleep with each other)? Or just evidence of a crafty contractor in the long ago who used the same material on different jobs?
The inquisitive staff at edhat.com did some digging, but unfortunately didnít have much luck finding any bones. The Tomís Toy World building was originally built in 1927 by Dixon MacQuiddy (of Dixon Street fame). It housed the Santa Barbara Mutual Bank and Loan Association for many years. Over the years there have been many improvements, facades, and other general maintainences.
La Cumbre Plaza was built in 1967 by Ernest W. Hahn.
It was Mr. Hahnís first regional shopping center. Today, his company operates 53 centers in 18 states. Although we were able to obtain hard copies of important documents, there was no solid evidence that the Toy World building was being remodeled concurrently with the building of La Cumbre Plaza.
The mystery of the tiles lives! It seemed odd to at least one edhat staff member that La Cumbre Plazaís recent transformation into a place ďreminiscent of a charming Mediterranean villageĒ left all of that Hawaiian tile intact. Coincidence??? The dedicated staff of edhat.com donít think so.