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 had deteriorated and showed visible damage. In 2011, the Franciscan Friars of California and California Missions Foundation received a federal Save America’s Treasure’s matching grant for from the National Park Service for a variety of historic preservation projects. Chattel was hired as a preservation consultant to prioritize and manage implementation of the grant-funded projects.

In order to comprehensively understand and prioritize the needs of the Mission, Chattel prepared a Historic Structure Report and worked with a team of consultants to perform studies and investigations of existing conditions, hydrology, and materials conservation. The HSR guided 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 subcontractor investigations and secured approvals to implement the proposed treatment plan from the City of Santa Barbara, National Park Service, and California Office of Historic Preservation.

Mission Santa Barbara received a California Preservation Foundation Design Award in the Preservation category in 2016.