AKA: Starbuck, Henry Pease and Charlotte Puffer Baxter, House #1, Santa Barbara, CA; De La Vina Inn, Santa Barbara, CA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: constructed 1895

2 stories

1323 De La Vina Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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This gable-roofed, Colonial Revival residence would have been stylistically au courant when it was built in 1895, and was erected by a family of some means. Its relatively simple form and restrained color and ornamentation would have contrasted notably with Queen Anne houses of the same era. In 2021, it contained eight bedrooms and was operated as an inn, known as the "De La Vina Inn."

Building History

In 1900, the lawyer Henry Pease Starbuck (born 03/20/1851 in Nantucket, MA-d. 08/08/1918 in Santa Barbara, CA) and his wife Charlotte Puffer Baxter (born c. 07/1853 in MA-d. 05/22/1927 in Santa Barbara, CA) lived in this residence with their two children, John Austin Starbuck (born 09/22/1887 in Orange, NJ-d. 07/03/1957 in Las Vegas, NV) and Edward Baxter Starbuck (born 11/23/1892 in Nantucket, MA-d. 07/30/1949 in Santa Barbara, CA). (See Ancestry.com, Source Information Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, U.S., Birth Records, 1840-1915 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013, accessed 01/18/2021.) Henry and Charlotte wed in 1883, and lived in Orange, NJ, before moving to Santa Barbara, CA. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1900; Census Place: Santa Barbara Ward 6, Santa Barbara, California; Page: 9; Enumeration District: 0155; FHL microfilm: 1240109, accessed 01/18/2021.) He was a partner in the law firm of Canfield and Starbuck from at least 1904 until at least 1915. (He was not listed as a partner in the Santa Barbara, California, City Directory, 1917.)

The Starbucks lived at this address from at least 1900 until about 1907. Thereafter, they moved to a dwelling at 326 Junipero Plaza, on the southwest corner of of Junipero Plaza and Laguna Street. (See Santa Barbara, California, City Directory, 1913, p. 193.)

John Pease Starbuck lived in Santa Barbara according to CA voter records, although it is not known if they resided in this house. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation California State Library; Sacramento, California; Great Registers, 1866-1898; Collection Number: 4-2A; CSL Roll Number: 123; FHL Roll Number: 977286, accessed 01/18/2021.)

Building Notes

It is not known if Henry Pease Starbuck was related to the architect Henry Fletcher Starbuck (1850-1935). Both men were from Nantucket Island, MA, so the likelihood is that they were at least acquainted with each other, if not related.

Like his father, John A. Starbuck also became a lawyer.

PCAD id: 23837