Grand Opening and Book Signing

This retrospective exhibition, the first in ninety years, celebrates the publication of a monograph on the work of two seminal Santa Barbara architects. Osborne Craig is widely credited with establishing the Spanish Colonial style in Santa Barbara. He left two buildings of such potency – even precocity, given his age – completed posthumously, that one suspects he would have given George Washington Smith ample competition if not for his premature death at the age of thirty-three. One was Casa Santa Cruz, the house for Irene and Bernhard Hoffmann. The other was El Paseo, which set the standard for Santa Barbara’s architectural rebirth in the twenties and continues to be a reference today. His wife Mary McLaughlin Craig, indelibly linked with the houses of Plaza Rubio, followed in his footsteps and established her own identity as an architectural designer for thirty-six years.

Spanish Colonial Style: Santa Barbara and the Architecture of James Osborne Craig and Mary McLaughlin Craig, written by the Craigs’ granddaughter Pamela Skewes-Cox and architectural historian Robert Sweeney, will be published by Rizzoli, in conjunction with the Museum in October 2015. The exquisite book includes a stunning collection of contemporary photos by Matt Walla. Pre-orders of the book, Spanish Colonial Style: Santa Barbara and the Architecture of James Osborne Craig and Mary McLaughlin Craig, are available for $40 from the Santa Barbara Historical Museum Store by contacting  « Visitor Services » or (805) 966-1601. Shipping is available.

Experience the exhibition premiere with a cocktail reception, comments by noted architect and author Marc Appleton, and book signing by the authors, Pamela Skewes-Cox and architectural historian Robert Sweeney – October 22, 5:30 PM.

Exhibition sponsored by Tanny Keeler & Kent Hodgetts, Lincoln F. Anderson, John C. Woodward, and Janet & John McCann. On display October 22, 2015 – January 17, 2016.