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Ojai marks the centennial this year of its Spanish-style architectural makeover,

which preceded—and influenced—Santa Barbara’s.

Mission-Style Model

Architect James Osborne Craig completed his masterpiece and signed it. The date was

January 19, 1922, and the location evidently was a rented house in Ojai, where the severely

asthmatic Craig had sought refuge from Santa Barbara’s wet winter weather. He had been

holed up there with his wife and daughter since the previous November, perfecting

his design for a “street in Spain” to complement the Casa de la Guerra adobe,

a surviving fragment of the Mission Era in Santa Barbara.

Story by Mark Lewis • Art by Karen Lewis, Jamee Aubrey, Chris Potter

Painting by Karen K. Lewis

Ojai Centennial


Montecito Magazine

Spring/Summer 2017