Santa Barbara Biltmore – Then & Now

Dolores Del Rio and Cedric Gibbons enjoy a stroll at the Santa Barbara Biltmore, July 7, 1932. And the same spot today.

Every year, more historic sites are torn down or remodeled beyond  recognition. Once in a while, it’s nice to get a look at something that has managed to age gracefully (and I don’t mean Dolores Del Rio, although she most surely did!) – I’m referring to Reginald Johnson’s sublime 1927 Santa Barbara Biltmore. The romantic Tower in the background with its sweeping outdoor staircase, housed the hotel’s Presidential Suite.

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One Response to Santa Barbara Biltmore – Then & Now

  1. mark stringer says:

    My grandfather, Fred William Stringer, emigrated from England through Canada, to Southern California, where he worked on early movie sets, and did the ornamentation and murals for a number of hotels and theaters, including the Biltmore Santa Barbara. It is a shame there are no good interior pictures available.

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