Structure Type: built works - dwellings -public accommodations - hotels

Designers: Barber, P.J., Architect (firm); Peter Josiah Barber (architect)

Dates: constructed 1874, demolished 1909

3 stories

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Santa Barbara, CA

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This hotel had 90 rooms and had a wood frame. A grand front porch wrapped around three sides of the first floor. On the roof, a two-story tower signaled the hotel's presence for tourists.

Building History

In 1891, C.C. Wheeler owned the Arlington Hotel.

In the 1905 obituary for architect Peter J. Barber (1830-1905), the Morning Press, Santa Barbara, said: "Quite a number of Santa Barbara's public buildings and private residences bear testimony to his ability in his chosen profession, chief among which are the county court house, Arlington hotel and annex, First Presbyterian church and First National bank building, he having planned and had charge of construction building aggregating in value to the sum of $1,250,000." (See "Death Summons Peter J. Barber, The Morning Press, Santa Barbara, 01/29/1905, p. 2.)


The hotel burned in an electrical fire on 08/15/1909. A second Arlington Hotel, designed by architect Arthur Burnett Benton (1858-1927), opened thereafter.

PCAD id: 14612