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The Campbell Ranch
updated: Sep 22, 2012, 10:00 AM

By The Urban Hikers (Stacey Wright & Peter Hartmann)

What do a wealthy Englishman, an American heiress, a Goleta ranch, Oak Park's dance floor, a landing spot during the Prohibition, Charlie Chaplin, the future king of England, dashed dreams and a noted female "architect" have in common? The Campbell Ranch.

Roger the Scanner Guy contacted us and asked if we would head out to Coal Oil Point and take a few photos of the old house and Celtic Cross that sit on the property once owned by the Devereux Foundation and now a part of UCSB and the Coal Oil Point Reserve, and we said we would. Little did we know that the property, once home of the 500-acre Campbell Ranch, has a whole lotta very interesting history.

At this point, we'll entertain you with photos of how the main residence, a home designed by James and Mary Osborn Craig appears today. It's not in perfect shape, but you can still see what were the beautiful lines of an elegant "Santa Barbara" hacienda.

We believe the beauty is in the details. Like the bell tower, that unfortunately no longer houses the bell...Where did the bell go?

The doorways, light fixtures, arches, red roof tiles, balconies and tiles.

This is an interior shot of one of the main rooms...The chandelier is a fine example of beautiful ironwork.

And now for some of the fascinating history we've dug up about the place and the people who have called it home: Records show that this property was originally deeded to Nicolas Den by California Governor Juan Alvarado in the 1840's. Den sold the property to Joseph Archambeault, who, in 1912 sold 100 acres to Jack Cavalleto for $10,000. Mr. Cavalleto kept the property until 1919 when he sold those same 100 acres to Colin P. Campbell for a price of $65,000. In 1945 the property was purchased by Helena Devereaux for a paltry $100,000 - which included 500 acres and the manor house built in 1924 by Col. Colin Campbell's widow, Nancy. Considering that was such an amazing buy, we suspect the Japanese attack on Ellwood Beach three years earlier must have had a deleterious effect on the property values in that vicinity.

Some of the most modern monuments on the property include several plaques and markers from the days the property served the students of the Devereux Ranch School. The campus, which was an extension of the Eastern foundation, came into being after outgrowing the original California campus on La Paz Rd. (now the home of Westmont College). The manor house was remodeled into a facility for the students which included residence halls, a dining hall, an infirmary, recreational rooms, a kitchen, a beauty/barber shop, storeroom, offices and a parlor for receiving guests. Over the years, the mansion was further remodeled and added to, to accommodate the growing number of students. Devereaux operated largely on the Campbell Ranch from 1946 until moving to its larger campus north of the old manor house, in the 1970's. It maintained its headquarters at the Campbell Manor House into the 21st century, but now operates completely from its campus adjacent to the location of the manor house. In the 1990‘s the Devereux Foundation sold off the last of the property which is now owned and managed by UCSB.

As we wandered the property and headed to the beach from the Campbell residence we passed the Campbell family cemetery located behind the brick pillars at the top of the cliffs. There we saw the Celtic cross made of Aberdeen granite and took in the awesome views from the cemetery.


The grander and the uniqueness of the Celtic influence piqued our curiosity and set us on a quest to discover what we could about the people who were, or had been, interned in this gorgeous overlook. And so we set to work... and this is what we found.

In 1904 Nancy Leiter, the second daughter of Levi Leiter (a wealthy Chicago businessman who was Marshall Fields's original partner as well as the owner of one third of the commercial real estate in Chicago) married Major Colin Powys Campbell, an Englishman who was serving as a calvary officer in the Central Indian Horse Regimen. The wedding, held on Dupont Circle a mere five months after the death of Nancy's father, was a solemn affair attended by Nancy's two sisters Mary and Marguerite, her mother and her brother. Older sister Mary had already married her noble husband, Lord Curzon (who would later go on to become Britain's Viceroy of India) and younger sister "Daisy" was entertaining her beau, the Earl of Suffolk, whom she would later marry. So in essence all three American heiresses chose to marry British gentlemen and in so doing one became a "Lady", the other a "Countess" and Nancy became the wife of a military man who liked the weather and scenery of Southern California.

Before you start feeling sorry for Nancy, stop yourself. Colin P. Campbell was quite wealthy and well- connected, and was definitely no slouch. It's just that he didn't enjoy paying the high taxes levied upon him in England...and we suspect that like many others English blue-bloods of his time, he may have been land rich and cash poor...a little like Robert, Earl of Grantham in the series Downton Abbey...and rather than import his heiress wife to dreary old England, he finished up his service in India and headed for the sun, sea and surf of Santa Barbara.

Around 1918 Col. Campbell moved his family and a staff of ten servants from their home in England, taking up residence in "Bonnymeade", the mansion at the Hammond's Estate. From there he searched for a location to build his dream home. He tried to negotiate the purchase of Hope Ranch, but was unsuccessful. Then he happened to see the property at Coal Oil Point, then known as "Sands Beach". He loved the proximity of the property to the sea and the mountain views it offered, but was especially fond of the lagoon. In his imagination he conjured up images of a fine manor house on the banks of a lovely English countryside lake, complete with white swans, canoes and lotus blossoms.

In 1919 Col. and Nancy Campbell purchased 100 acres for $65,000 and set about making it their own. They had temporary living quarters built for their family and staff on the property. The Colonel then leased additional adjacent property and set about drilling for water with which to service his estate and convert the lagoon into a lake. So set in his quest for water was he, that when the drillers hit oil, Col. Campbell ordered them to cap the wells and keep looking for water!

Sadly, Col. Campbell never got to see the scenic lake, or even the manor house for that matter. In 1923, one day shy of his 65th birthday Col. Campbell suffered a heart attack and died. He was laid to rest in a ring of Cypress trees at Coal Oil Point, and a marker, a Celtic cross, was placed as his gravestone. This is the view of the cross as seen by many beach combers from the beach below.

While looking at Col. Campbell's memorial we notice this inscription, which has us somewhat baffled. It's on the Celtic cross and reads: "Ian Drummond Campbell born 2nd October, 1909 died 24th April, 1911." We suspect that Ian was the third child of Colin and Nancy Campbell and that he died when he was less than a year an a half old. But nowhere is he mentioned in published accounts of the family. The only children who we could confirm are Colin Leiter Campbell (1907 - 1962) and Mary Campbell Clark (1908 -?).

But back to the rancho...Following Col. Campbell's sudden and very unexpected death, Nancy Campbell moved forward with the planning and construction of the family residence. Prior to his death, Colonel Campbell had consulted with local designer/architects James and Mary Osborne Craig. Both were well- known designers in Santa Barbara at the turn of the century, and both were self-taught architects.

The Osborne Craigs had moved to Santa Barbara in 1914 for health reasons, and together were instrumental in popularizing Spanish Colonial Revival style ("red tile roofs"), contributing greatly to the design and development of the El Paseo and other notable projects. When James died of tuberculosis in 1922, Mary took over his practice, keeping on his best drafters and architects, and it was Mary who, beginning in 1924 supervised the construction of the Campbell manor house. By the end of 1924 the home was ready for Nancy Campbell, her children and her staff, they began occupying it immediately.

Having seen much of the wonderful architecture in an around the city, we can't help but be proud of Mary Osborne Craig and her contribution to Santa Barbara. Both prior to, and following the 1925 earthquake, she was commissioned to build many important buildings and residences in Santa Barbara including the Open Air School Building, which incidentally was supported by the Anti-Tuberculosis Society ( and we think may be the building that houses Hollister & Brace modernly, or perhaps it's the building that is now Anacapa School - these are guesses, so if anyone knows for sure, we'd love to have your input). Mary Osborne Craig is also credited with designing the Montecito Water District Building, La Casa de Maria (on El Bosque Rd.), a couple of beach houses in Carpinteria, a printing studio, a veterinary hospital and several of the "cottages" on Plaza Rubio, across from the Old Mission. But once again we digress...

The Campbell House was designed around a basic quadrangle - four wings surrounding a central courtyard. At the end of each wing was added at least on other room. It consisted of more than 30 rooms, 18 bathrooms, dozens of closets, several fireplaces and a dance floor - in all the square footage of "living space" added up to 20,000 square feet. The basement consisted of another 12,000 square feet and incorporated modern amenities including an ice plant, boilers, refrigerators, a wine cellar and vast storage areas. The Spanish Colonial Revival home was meticulously designed and furnished and included all the classic elements of that style.

In addition to the main house, the Campbell estate also had an abalone shell encrusted beach house, a polo field, stable & barns, an airstrip, a swimming pool, a dovecote, vineyard, cemetery and well- manicured gardens. Landscaping of the estate was extensive, and included seven acres of trees, flowers and shrubbery that included much eucalyptus, olive and cypress trees, but most importantly, the ranch was primarily a working ranch, producing a variety of crops, livestock and game for the Campbell family's use and trade.

These images show the route from the main residence down to the beach. The little flags denote UCSB's effort to reestablish some of the native grasses and vegetation that have been removed over the years.

And the "beach house", which must have been fabulous back in the day with its abalone shell exterior. Local lore has it that this little abode was not only a beach house, but also a drop off point for bootleggers during Prohibition. The staff reportedly hid the "goods" in a little tunnel if it was necessary to store the booze at the beach temporary, before taking it up to the house where it would be used for the magnificent parties and entertainment of many important guests over the years. Today, the beach house is more like a canvas for street artists and a hang-out for people wanting to drink their illicit booze.

From the beach, this is the view modernly looking up the coast.

These photos show the dovecote as well as fruit from the small vineyard that were used by the Campbells during their residence at the ranch. The dovecote housed pigeons and dove that were raised for culinary purposes, and the grapes, which are still growing on the vines today look to have been from pretty hearty stock to have survived so many transitions over the years.

After living and entertaining lavishly in the grand manor house of the Campbell Ranch for only eight years, Nancy Campbell died suddenly on a trip to England. Gone were the days and nights of the opulent celebrations, dances and feasts attended by celebrities, the Santa Barbara elite and even the future King of England, George VI ( think "The King's Speech"), who came to Santa Barbara to party down with the nobles whom Nancy's sister had married. The Campbell Ranch was truly a destination for the well-bred and the well connected and during the years that Nancy Campbell lived in the manor house she entertained her guests with absolute perfection.

Following her death in 1932, Nancy Campbell's ashes were brought back to the Campbell Ranch and buried next to her husband's in the family cemetery. Their son Colin, and his family remained living in the manor house until the early 1940's when the portable patio dance floor that had been waltzed and jitterbugged upon by so many elegant society types was moved to Oak Park and installed for the summer Sunday dances, and the home and its furnishings were put up for auction. According to historian Walker A. Tompkins, Charlie Chaplin bought the English silverware collection which dated back to the 17th century, probably because he and the Colonel shared the same initials, and Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton bought an autographed, first edition book for $15,000. We found several internet images of Mrs. Campbell's gowns, jewelry and art that were a part of the massive auction, as well as a photos of Nancy Campbell during protracted legal wrangling over her late father's estate...but that's another story altogether.

While many of the family's personal possessions were sold at auction, there were no takers on the real estate, and the house and the ranch remained in the hands of the Campbell family. During World War II, the ranch was used as a Coast Guard radar station. Following the end of the war, in 1945 the property was purchased by Helena Devereaux for a paltry $100,000 - which included 500 acres and the manor house. Later Union Oil Company leased part of the ranch for petroleum exploration and development.

During the1950s and 1960s the Devereux Foundation sold off much of the ranch acreage for commercial use, including 250 acres which became part of the Santa Barbara airport. In 1967 UCSB purchased 220 plus acres, including the Campbell family cemetery . The remains of the Campbell family members were relocated to Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington DC, and the Devereux Foundation was left with the house and 33 acres. Eventually the house was renamed for the school's founder, Helena T. Devereux who had died at the age of 90 in 1975. In 1987, in the months prior to being designated as "Historical Landmark 27", the home was slated to be demolished but the Devereux Foundation instead decided to use it as office space and as a medical facility for students of the school. Some of the foundations residential cottage and other buildings remain today.

Sadly, the once magnificent, "showplace of the Goleta Valley" is abandoned and sorely in need of renovation. UCSB ultimately purchased the remaining property, along with the old Campbell House/Helena Devereux Hall from the Devereux Foundation, which is now located just up the street from the ranch. UCSB is reportedly trying to find both the resources and a purpose for this lovely piece of Santa Barbara history, and we hope that whatever they do with the property they do with the same dedication to style that Colonel and Nancy Campbell showed this amazing piece of the Central Coast.

As always we encourage you to go out and explore our marvelous town on foot, keep your eyes, ears and minds open to all that you encounter, and above all, expect the unexpected.

Comments in order of when they were received | (reverse order)

 COMMENT 322982 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-09-22 10:54 AM

Thank you urban hikers. Well done.


 KDEF agree helpful negative off topic

2012-09-22 11:21 AM

Congratulations to the Urban Hikers for bringing this important historic site to public attention. The restoration of the red horse barn which housed the riding horses and tack designed by Mary Craig is one of the many projects of the Pearl Chase Society. A cost estimate has been prepared, UCSB has indicated that it would be happy to see the barn restored and will lease the restored building for a nominal fee, What is needed is a non profit that could use the space. Edhat has run articles on the barn in the past.


 COMMENT 322988 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-09-22 11:24 AM

Awesome! I used to work at Devereux when I was in my 20s and the location & the history added to the experience.


 COMMENT 322990 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-09-22 11:26 AM

This is excellent but please source the material!!! This is clearly not the work of amateur historians. It would be nice to credit the many local scholars who developed the sources from which this is drawn! In particular, UCSB did much research on the property and Campbells as part of the Coal Oil Point Reserve history project several years ago with a major grant that was written by the amazing historian Bev Schwartzberg! The field of public history was co-founded at UCSB. Please recognize our local talent.


 COMMENT 322999 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-09-22 11:47 AM

Thank you for the history lesson. What a jewel. I hope UCSB charges those international students a little more and then they can use those funds to preserve this very historic property.


 COMMENT 323020 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-09-22 12:54 PM

@ 990 - One of the UH here. You are off base here. Peter and I personally researched this property using a variety of sources which included Walker A. Tompkin's books (as noted in the article), the internet, personal experience from living in SB for over 5 decades, and listening to anecdotes from others who have lived locally for longer than we have. I don't believe we relied on ANY of the research done or written by the amazing historian Bev Schwartzberg. We did read UCSB's Campbell Ranch Project web page (did she write that?), but didn't find anything on that page we included in the article that either Walker Tompkins hadn't written about, or we hadn't uncovered ourselves. I will tell you the sources we "amateur historians" used in putting our article together so you can check them out for yourself. Then maybe you'll feel inclined to offer me (Stacey) an apology. They are: Walker A. Tompkins (cited); New York Times - Nov. 30, 1904; Devereux Foundation web site; Legal pleading published on line re: Levi Leiter estate; Blogs re: the Leiter family; Find a Grave website; web pages re: Mary Osborne Craig; a walk around the property itself. With enough natural curiosity, perseverance, a computer with internet, access to the local libraries and a desire to learn about our environment, even amateurs are capable of uncovering interesting and relevant historical facts and presenting them in a way that is enjoyable for others who are likewise interested in the subject .


 COMMENT 323023 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-09-22 01:11 PM

@ 990 - Sorry, I forgot to mention the 1987 SB Co. Landmark report, which again, cited mostly to Walker A. Tompkins' history of the ranch and to information contained in public records. It's from this report (that we found with a Google search) that we discovered the site was designated SB Co. Landmark 27. For what it's worth, many of the historical facts contained in that report appear to be inaccurate, when compared with historical information from professional historians.


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-09-22 01:35 PM

I thought that first picture of the gown was a ghost for a second there..Someone who lost their head. I started to read the article but then the pooky hit the fan I want to savor it..Looks like it would be a cool place to live but very haunted. It scares me just thinking about it which is cool because it gets me out of my head. Don't let them get to ya everyone just wants to poke, poke, poke...


 COMMENT 323034 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-09-22 01:44 PM

Thank you Urban Hikers! I agree with Rodger. Don't let them get to you. Aparenty some people can't stand that you can do what they can do, just as good as they can do it and you do it for FREE. Or at least I think you do. Please keep hiking and writing about all the things you do around town and giving us the history of places and people from long ago.


 BECKY agree helpful negative off topic

2012-09-22 01:46 PM

Thank you for the photos, the research, the story. It is so wonderful to learn more local history in such an accessible way. Thanks for venturing out Goleta's way.

I've always loved that property. When I first arrived at UCSB in the early 1970s, the "forest" by the point had outdoor performances and a stage. That was enchanting. No one is allowed in any more due to the snowy plovers, but it was magical.

May I suggest that the Wrigley mansion be another project, if the current owners will allow it? I've heard for years that there is a mansion at the top of Vereda del Ciervo/ Embarcadero Canyon that was built by the Wrigley's in the early to mid 20th century. It was unoccupied during the 1960s, and many a local HS kid lost their virginity there. It sounds like another fascinating place.


 COMMENT 323038 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-09-22 01:54 PM

About 40 years ago I knew an artist who was also originally from Chicago, Katherine Maxey Patton, who talked about the Campbell mansion and going there in the 30's, I think, to paint murals on the walls. Murals were her specialty. She described the mansion as really grand and beautiful and right on the water. I imagine her murals are gone now, but I have 2 of her still lifes. Thanks to the UH for a peek at history.


 COMMENT 323042 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-09-22 02:15 PM

This will be nannied, but I don't care. If Peter and Stacey read this, I will be happy. Dear Peter and Stacey: In future, would you PLEASE have someone copyedit your text? The word is "grandeur," not "grander." It is a "Horse Regiment," not "Regimen." The word needed in one sentence is "temporarily," not "temporary." The run-on sentences made this wonderful recounting of local history difficult to follow/read. Keep sentences shorter, and watch for over-use of commas and "connector" words, e.g., "including." When a sentence runs on, it is hard decipher the subject of that sentence. (I'd give an example here, but then would go over my 1,000 characters.)
Also: It is incorrect to use the "ly" when writing (or saying!) "more important" or "most important." There is no verb in need of an adverb.
I enjoyed learning about this property. Thank you for all your research work, lovely photos, and sharing with us on Edhat. Okay, Nanny away.


 CHERIDIANE agree helpful negative off topic

2012-09-22 03:18 PM

Urban Hikers, thank you and more thank you for your work presented on EdHat. Your photos and writing about our local history adds enjoyment and learning to my life. Your offerings are so "accessible," as someone said. I had fun exploring the various SB steps because of your article.

Please keep giving us your excellent writing and pictures, both as UH and reporting on SB happenings. Think of all the rest of us who appreciate you, Stacey, when those negative people post. I don't like reading that stuff either, when it takes intelligence, time and effort to do what you do. So again, keep giving us the interesting, often humor-infused, articles.


 COMMENT 323064P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-09-22 03:26 PM

Despite the minor mistakes, I found the article very easy to read and was delighted to find some of the buildings, structures, monuments explained - especially the dovecote and the beach house. I had heard that the latter was once a jail.

"Q. Which is correct? “Most important, you enable your students to pursue their passions” or “Most importantly, you enable your students to pursue their passions.”

A. Although the second version is considered incorrect by many sticklers, and the first one sounds wrong to people who don’t know better, they are both correct."



As sentence adverbials, they mean the same. Here is a usage note from an on-line dictionary:

Both more important and more importantly occur at the beginning of a sentence in all varieties of standard English: More important (or More importantly), her record as an administrator is unmatched. Today, more importantly is the more common, even though some object to its use on the grounds that more important is an elliptical form of “What is more important” and that the adverb importantly could not occur in such a construction. More importantly probably developed by analogy with other sentence-modifying adverbs, as curiously, fortunately, and regrettably.



 COMMENT 323105 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-09-22 04:57 PM

I dont care about the spelling and grammar so much. I DO appreciate the information though. Thank you!


 KDEF agree helpful negative off topic

2012-09-22 05:06 PM

The mansion Becky is remembering from her UCSB days is the ranch house of the Tecalote Ranch built by Silsby (Silkey) Morse Spaulding (1886-1949). Spaulding was a wealthy oil tycoon from Beverly Hills. He was president of the Signal Oil Company. Construction on the one story Spanish Revival mansion started in 1926. It wasn't completed until 1933. Photographs and a history of the ranch would be most interesting.


 COMMENT 323109 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-09-22 05:11 PM

Loved this , UH!! thank you so much. one of the most irritating things about Edhat are "the correctors". to me at least. There is a most interesting book about the Curzon Sisters called The Viceroy's Daughters. I had no idea about the slight CA connection.


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-09-22 05:18 PM

@42 Looks fine to me! heeheeheehee


 COMMENT 323191 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-09-22 08:13 PM

Thank you UH's, and particular(ly) (hehe) Stacey for a wonderful history lesson. Your story is all the more timely for me as I was just out at Devereaux yesterday when the Space Shuttle flew over... I absolutely love it out there. I was fascinated with all the great facts you uncovered about this historic property and some of it's former inhabitants.

I know how hard it is to ignore the petty criticisms and picking apart of what was certainly hard work on your part and clearly a labor of love...thank you and keep it up!


 COMMENT 323228P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-09-23 06:31 AM

I thought this was a fabulous article with so much information!
Thanks Urban Hikers for sharing some important history with us.


 COMMENT 323234P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-09-23 06:55 AM

Thanks much for the great history lesson! I would love to see the abandoned buildings evolve into a natural history museum about the Chumash who lived right there, and the natural community that surrounded them.


 BLT agree helpful negative off topic

2012-09-23 08:10 AM

UHs - you are the best! You bring substantive information to Edhat which I read and absorb every time I come across your contributions. Your pleasure at pursuing your investigations shines through to bring me pleasure as well while adding substantially to my insights into local history. I've spent a lot of time at Coal Oil Point and know some of what you told about the Campbell's. It's fun to know now that the dancing platforms at Oak Park came from there - who would have thought!


 COMMENT 323317 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-09-23 11:01 AM

Another "bravo" for a job well done. (In spite of being corrected but then you never claimed to be experts.) But a great article that I learned so much more even though I go hiking through there and wondered about some of those locations.


 COMMENT 323320 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-09-23 11:24 AM

This is my first comment on Edhat. I am blown away. What a phenomenal contribution we have here from the Urban Hikers.

Having been raised in Goleta and now raising a family here of my own, and having lived both at faculty and at married family housing (and now not far away in SB Shores), I have a real closeness to this property. Yet much of this information was new to me. I especially loved the bit about the graffiti-covered "jailhouse," as we called it growing up, and the prohibition maneuvers.

As a former newspaper reporter and editor, I admire this work as an example of local news feature writing at its best. Here's to Edhat and the Urban Hikers.

Side note: Take the grammarians for what they have to contribute, but from any angle viewed this work is the product of genuine, thoughtful curiosity and a lot of hard work. Well done. Thank you.


 COMMENT 323348 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-09-23 01:41 PM

UH here: Many thanks to all of our loyal, intelligent and kind readers. We really DO appreciate the applause and your suggestions!! I suppose I may have been a little knee-jerk with 990, and for that I'm regretful...With all the support from others I really don't need an apology from him/her after all. We're moving on and taking another hike!


 COMMENT 323408 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-09-23 05:19 PM

Your information and pictures are interesting--but I have to agree with 042. If your craft is facts then poor usage greatly detracts from the whole. Proper English is an art that adds to any project. I hope you continue to find interesting places in Santa Barbara.


 COMMENT 323464 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-09-23 08:13 PM

@Stace, #990 here -- my intent was to 1) commend your work; 2) point out that although work like this is not usually sourced (I realize you are applying newspaper standards to a public history project) please know that public history is a huge cottage industry here -- and I mean oral history, architectural history, family history, etc. Talk to Michael Redman at the Gledhill Library or Goleta Valley Historical Society and you might find resources you would never otherwise know existed - including the local historians who do this professionally and would love to point you in new directions. My point is that you don't have to reinvent the wheel. Also, all of the local historians know that Thompkins had some issues with his facts. There are so many amazing local historians you could talk to. I hope you do.


 COMMENT 323559 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-09-24 09:53 AM

Wow, just great. Thanks UH folks – I know how much work it takes to put all this together and your passion makes it perfect.


 COMMENT 323572 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-09-24 10:10 AM

Very comprehensive article, but I agree with Stacey, that the sources should be cited, because a lot of people have been involved in the research of this information. I would like to add a correction (as a recently retired employee of Devereux), that Devereux sold the last 33 acres to UCSB in September, 2007, not in the 1990s, as stated. Devereux currently leases nearly 5 acres on the UCSB West Campus, where they provide services to 80 adults and elderly in three residences, a day program, and supported living in the community.


 COMMENT 330946 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-13 11:33 AM

Right on Stace!


 COMMENT 364681 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-17 05:55 PM

I very much enjoyed your article. Thank you! (And, might I add, did not find your grammar to detract from it a whit.)

I've never ventured out to Coal Oil Point, as I'm so enthralled with all of the nature -- and preserved architecture -- and the name didn't sound very promising. I had heard of the Devereux School, of course, but knew nothing about its fascinating history, the property, or the mansion and surrounding buildings.

The dove cote is wonderful. Does anyone have any period photos of the abalone-encrusted beach house? I would love to see that, too.

Thank heavens the Devereux Foundation decided to use it as office space and as a medical facility, so the mansion wasn't demolished. What a loss that would have been.

Is the property open for the public to visit? I'd love to go.


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