Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: De Forest, Lockwood, Landscape Architect (firm); Wurster, William W., Architect (firm); William Wilson Wurster (architect); Lockwood de Forest III (landscape architect)

Dates: constructed 1928-1929

total floor area: 3,958 sq. ft.

2659 Todos Santos Lane
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

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Building History

The noted landscape architect Lockwood De Forest III (1896-1949) and his wife Elizabeth Kellam De Forest (1898-1984) lived in this residence, a square hacienda formed around a central atrium. In 1928, the San Francisco architect William W. Wurster (1895-1973) designed a house on the same property for Elizabeth Kellam's parents. This later dwelling was known as the Frederick B. Kellam House, a linear ranch house design that resembled recent work that Wurster had designed for Mrs. Sadie Gregory in Scotts Valley, CA, the year before. A sketch plan dated 05/12/1928 is present in the University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design Documents Collection, Berkeley, CA. The design also included a rough landscape plan worked out with Lockwood De Forest.

According to the US Census of 1930, the house had an approximate value of $22,000, a significant amount of money at the time.

Building Notes

In 2017, the DeForest House contained 3,958 square feet and occupied a 0.76-acre lot. (See County of Santa Barbara,County Clerk, Recorder and Assessor, Registrar of Voters, Assessor Parcel Information Details for 2659 Todos Santos Lane, accesssed 12/08/2017.)

PCAD id: 16293