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Update: 1901 Mystery House
updated: Jan 27, 2014, 5:30 PM

January 25, 2014 2:00pm

Where is/was this big house? It appears to be swallowed up by giant climbing roses.

Writing on the back reads, "Santa Barbara Roses, Mar. 30, 1901". It looks like it could be somewhere on the upper east side of town.

Rosarians: are those "Cecile Brunner" roses? I know they were very popular around then. A really big one growing on the grounds of the Arlington Hotel was claimed to be the largest in the world at the time.

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---------- Update provided by resident edhat historian, Neal Graffy ----------
January 27, 2014 5:30 pm

Neal Graffy reporting as requested. This is a tough one. From the mountains in the background, you can tell it has to be on an east/west street. But there is nothing in the background to provide a clue of where this is, There is a building at far right, but not enough to identify that building to help.

However, I do know this house and here are a few clues for the edhat community to play with...

1) As Kellum correctly noted, it is in the middle of a block, however, it actually is on a corner!

2) The house, the sandstone wall and hitching posts are long gone as is the street that put this house on a corner. Curiously, that "missing" street is sort of still there, though it no longer has a name.

3) About 225 feet east from this house on the corner of this block, was a landmark structure made of sandstone. Though it sadly got demolished it would appear that some of the sandstone was reused as part of the new remodel. If you've been here since 1969 you would remember that original sandstone building, the long-time business that was in there and the three businesses that have been there since.

4) The house and the sandstone structure are not in "Santa Barbara Then & Now", so that book won't help, but I'll give a copy of SBT&N to the first edhatter who can figure out:
a) where the house was
b) the name of the missing street and
c) the corner where the sandstone building was. Extra points if you can ID the businesses.

This historic aerial photo was taken from over the Courthouse looking west across the intersection of State and Anapamu Streets. (01/30/14)
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