My firm recently finished another glass and steel home in Montecito and it was published in this month's California Homes. This particular house had a very special setting with beautiful panoramic views of the Santa Barbara Mountains and the Channel Islands. Photos by Ciro Coelho.
Modeled after the Santa Barbara home of my boss, the recycled steel was trucked to the site and the motorized industrial doors are about eighteen feet tall and fifteen feet wide, each containing about forty panes of glass. Construction took around 18 months.
The site and former house originally belonged to Leopold Stokowski, former director for the Cincinnati and Philadelphia symphonies. His avant-garde lifestyle gave way to a rambling vernacular of a house built in 1935. After his marriage to Gloria Vanderbilt in 1945, he seldom used the property and sold it in 1953. Other noteworthy names connected to the house were Beryl Markham and Greta Garbo.
An outdoor fire pit was regulation and had to remain due to county stipulations. But when the sun starts to set, it doesn't get any better than these front row seats.
With all the doors open, you are really connected to the outdoors. Barton has a way of bringing the exteriors of a house inside, and with the mature eucalyptus and olive trees that surround the structure, it couldn't be more lovely.