AKA: U.S. Post Office, Main Building, Santa Barbara, CA

Structure Type: built works - public buildings - post offices

Designers: Johnson, Reginald D., Architect (firm); Reginald Davis Johnson (architect)

Dates: constructed 1936

836 Anacapa Street
Downtown, Santa Barbara, CA 93102-9989

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Building Notes

Pasadena architect Reginald D. Johnson (1882-1953) designed this Spanish Colonial Revival main post office for Santa Barbara toward the end of his "first" career. A document published by the Los Angeles Conservancy stated: "After a long and successful career designing some of the grandest estates in Southern California, Reginald Johnson planned to retire at age 53. He accepted one last commission, for the Santa Barbara Post Office in 1936." (See Architectural Resources Group, "Reginald D. Johnson, FAIA (1882-1952)," Garden Apartments of Los Angeles, Historic Context Statement, [Los Angeles: Los Angeles Conservancy, 10/2012], p. 49.) Johnson closed his practice doing expensive commercial and residential commissions for wealthy clients by the mid-1930s. In his second career, he became interested in the issue of public housing, and became involved with the renowned Baldwin Hills Village housing development of 1940-1941.

National Register of Historic Places (Listed 1985-01-11): 85000138 NRHP Images (pdf) NHRP Registration Form (pdf)

PCAD id: 7944