Way Back When: Historic Adobe Repurposed

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Way Back When: Historic Adobe Repurposed
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(Image of the Covarrubias Adobe courtesy of the Library of Congress)

By Betsy J. Green

A number of the original adobes that had been built here in the Spanish or Mexican era were being adopted by artists in 1919. “Another of Santa Barbara’s historic adobes has been reclaimed to lend itself to the artistic needs of the present day. It is the old Covarrubias home on Santa Barbara Street … whose existence is said to date back considerably over a century.”

The 1817 adobe had recently been turned into a center where “artists and their kin may gather in a congenial atmosphere of informality. Here, groups of artists will meet once or twice a week to sketch from life and to exchange views.” [Spoiler alert - The adobe is still in its original location, and is now part of the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.] 


Betsy's Way Back When book -- 1918 -- is now available in local bookstores and at Amazon.com. This is the fifth book in her series of the history of Santa Barbara, one year at a time. Learn more at betsyjgreen.com​

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Flicka Jun 29, 2019 10:36 PM
Way Back When: Historic Adobe Repurposed

Thanks, Betsy. I'd never heard of the artists' involvement. Possibly would have been torn down as so many other old adobes were.

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