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Mystery History
updated: Dec 06, 2012, 12:55 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

Who can identify this vintage Santa Barbara building?

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 COMMENT 350945 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 12:59 PM

post office ?

 

 COMMENT 350947 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 01:01 PM

That was the post office now it is the art museum. State and Anapamu.

 

 COMMENT 350951P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 01:08 PM

Notice that the post office's entrance arches are still the same on the now art museum.

 

 COMMENT 350976 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 01:50 PM

I didn't recognize it without all the homeless people out front

 

 COMMENT 350995P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 02:44 PM

You can see the tram tracks and lines.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 02:58 PM

Just a guess the old YMCA at Carrillo and Chapala way before Ralphs..

 

 AUNTIE S. agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 06:03 PM

Looks like the Art museum back when it was the Post Office.

 

 COMMENT 351157P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 07:57 PM

How much nicer are the views here without utility poles. I clearly remember one brief time when there was serious consideration of having utilities all be underground in historic parts of the city. Too bad that little window of opportunity was lost.

 

 KDEF agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 08:48 PM

This photograph of the old post office looks like it was taken not long after the building was completed in 1914. The current post office on Anacapa Street was built in 1936. Do any edhat readers have any suggestions as to the time of day the photo was taken? No cars or wagons are in evidence.

 

 COMMENT 351196 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 09:17 PM

I like the new history icon :o)

 

 COMMENT 351200P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 09:34 PM

@157P: But isn't that a huge utility pole directly on the corner in front of the building?

 

 COMMENT 351211P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 10:44 PM

200P - my wording error in posting 157P- meant to say that it's nice that there are no utility poles on State Street now, unlike in the picture.

 

 NEIGHBOR agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 10:58 PM

That is the old Post Office, now Santa Barbara Museum of Art, but what is the building behind it? It looks like it's on the Faulkner Gallery site next to the Carnegie Library.

 

 SEEDLADY agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 08:16 AM

looks like late afternoon--per the shadow length and direction

 

 COMMENT 351284 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 08:40 AM

The building behind the post office is "The Anapamu", a lodging house (upstairs) and grocery store (first floor). It was torn down around 1918. The State & A Post Office opened on November 21, 1914 at a cost of $100,000 (the land was donated for $1). Thomas M. Storke, at the time the publisher of the "Daily News & Independent" was the postmaster. Two decades later the town had outgrown that post office and it was Storke who led the campaign to have the new post office built in 1936 at Anacapa and Canon Perdido, replacing one of the city's favorite whorehouses. The Santa Barbara Museum of Art opened in the former post office on June 5, 1941 at exactly 11:43 a.m. Why 11:43? I was told that Buell Hammett, the museum's first president, had the museum's horoscope cast to determine the most auspicious hour! - Neal Graffy

 

 COMMENT 351322 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 09:51 AM

I knew what building it was, but it is a treat to read Neal Graffy's further explanations!

 

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