• Lutah Maria Riggs and the Lobero Theatre

    Lutah Maria Riggs (October 31, 1896 – March 8, 1984) was an American architect who worked for several decades in the Southern California region. She was the first licensed female architect in Santa Barbara, and the first    woman in California to be named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Born in Ohio, Lutah […]

  • M.P. Henderson & Son

      The discovery of gold in California by James Marshall at Sutter’s Mill in 1848 led to a tremendous boon in California. People came from far and wide in search of riches creating a high demand for transportation from local towns to the mountains. It wasn’t only people that required transportation but equipment, food and […]

  • Studebaker Bros Carriages and Wagons

    It was St. Patrick’s Day 1966 when the last Studebaker rolled off their final assembly line.  But interestingly, Studebaker today is much more respected than it was in its last year of production. Like many long-lived carmakers, Studebaker had suffered through some trying times,  including receivership in 1933, a near meltdown in 1958 and the […]

  • William Raffour and the Boeseke Saddle

    William Raffour was born in Santa Barbara September 11, 1871 to French immigrant hotel keepers Louis and Maria Raffour. Louis Raffour arrived in California in 1864 and came shortly thereafter to Santa Barbara. He worked as manager of the St. Charles Hotel, and in 1873 moved to the new Occidental Hotel. Following that, Raffour built […]

  • Joe De Yong Diorama

    This fabulous sculpture of one of Ben Holliday’s stagecoaches and 6 horses set in diorama fashion was once housed at the Tecolote Ranch in Winchester Canyon. The 1932 masterpiece by Joe De Yong was recently gifted to the museum by The Deborah Spalding Pelissero Family. Along with the diorama was the original letter from Joe […]