Structure Type: built works - public buildings - hospitals

Designers: Ray, E. Russell, Architect (firm); Edward Russel Ray

Dates: constructed 1912-1913

3 stories

400 West Pueblo Street
Oak Park, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

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The Cottage Hospital was located at Pueblo at Bath Street.


A consortium of 50 women formed the nucleus of Santa Barbara's Cottage Hospital in 1888. The first building opened on 12/08/1891. (See Cottage Health, "About Cottage Heatlh," accessed 04/20/2016.) This second, fireproof building opened in 10/1913.

Building History

Santa Barbara architect Edward Russell Ray (1878-1950) designed the second building for the Cottage Hospital in 09/1910, and efforts to obtain funding to erect it delayed the completion date until 10/11/1913. The Los Angeles Times reported on its opening: "Santa Barbara is taking great pride in its new Cottage Hospital built at a cost of nearly $100,000, the money having been raised through the efforts of many philanthropic citizens. The building is said to be not only absolutely fireproof but also germproof, the latter being unusual with hospitals anywhere. Russell Ray, the well-known Santa Barbara architect, made the plans for the building and supervised its construction. There are accommodations for more than fifty people in the hospital. Comfortable and artistic rest rooms, planned for the convalescent, are features. The operating room is on the third floor where the best of light is obtainable." (See "Gift of Philanthropic Citizens," Los Angeles Times, 10/12/1913, p. V14.)

Building Notes

A Cottage Hospital branch of the Santa Barbara County Free Library, with 160 volumes, opened in this building on 07/17/1916.

PCAD id: 2971