Historic Structure Reports

Santa Barbara mission
Santa Barbara, California

Known as “Queen of the Missions,” Santa Barbara Mission was established in 1786 and is a National Historic Landmark. Built of adobe, sandstone, brick and concrete, the mission’s walls and convento pillars have deteriorated and show visible damage. In 2011 the mission received a Save America’s Treasure’s matching grant totaling $1.3 million from the National Parks Service for a variety of historic preservation projects. Chattel was hired as a third party preservation consultant to prioritize and manage implementation of the grant projects.

In order to comprehensively understand and prioritize the preservation needs of the Mission, Chattel prepared a Historic Structures Report and worked with consultants to perform studies and investigations of existing conditions, materials conservation, and hydrology. Our HSR guided both the management of short term preservation projects, as well as long term planning goals for projects impacting historic buildings, structures, and features of the Mission. Chattel managed ongoing subcontractor investigations and worked with the Mission and California Missions Foundation for approvals to implement the proposed treatment plan from the City of Santa Barbara, State Historic Preservation Officer, and National Park Service.

Long beach museum of art
Long Beach, California

Chattel was hired by the Long Beach Museum of Art to perform a Historic Structure Report of their museum buildings, known as the Elizabeth Milbank Anderson House and Carriage House. Built in 1912, the pair are among the oldest and most distinguished examples of Craftsman architecture in Long Beach, a City of Long Beach Historic Landmark, and have been home to the museum since 1957. The Anderson House contains the museum’s primary gallery spaces and restaurant on the first floor and office spaces and a library on the second, while the Carriage House is primarily an education center.

A preliminary HSR had already been drafted by construction firm JR van Dijs but to satisfy a grant the museum received to fund the HSR, it needed to be authored by someone meeting the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards. Chattel gladly filled this need and worked in collaboration with van Dijs to edit and further strengthen their report with additional research and information. To supplement the original HSR, we performed our own site visit evaluation and created a photo attachment and significant space maps that identified significant, contributing, or non-contributing interior spaces. Guided by our own review and analysis, we ultimately collaborated with van Dijs to augment the original report’s recommendations.

Aline Barnsdall Complex residence A
Los Angeles, California

Chattel Architecture worked with LSA Associates, Inc. to prepare a Historic Structure Report for the Frank Lloyd Wright- designed 1921 Residence A (also known as the Director’s House) for the City of Los Angeles. The property is a designated Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument and component of the National Historic Landmark Aline Barnsdall Complex. Located in Barnsdall Park, the Director’s House has accommodated a variety of uses over its lifetime and has sustained both interior and exterior alterations. To repair and restore the now vacant residence for reuse, the HSR involved preparation of a chronology of building development and use based on historical documentation and physical evidence, and collaboration with conservation and engineering specialists to perform an in-depth assessment of building materials and the structural system. 

Chattel Architecture and LSA Associates, Inc. are also preparing a Historic Structure Report for Hollyhock House which is located on the same site as Residence A. Both the Residence A and Hollyhock House Historic Structure Reports are intended to provide stakeholders with a practical plan for restoration as well as to establish a framework for possible reuse options in the future.