On Saturday October 3rd, local architects and guest gathered together to tour nine homes and businesses, which featured an intriguing personal and construction story that profile many of the design challenges encountered during the building process. The event drew attention to the extraordinary architectural legacy in Santa Barbara and the value of well-designed architecture to its surrounding community.
One of the nine homes that were featured on the tour was the beautiful modernist retreat in the Montecito foothills, which was renovated by the original architect Ellen Bildsten of Bildsten Architecture and Planning. Nancy Gifford, the homeowner and accomplished artist herself, looked at more than one hundred houses before deciding this was the one. Today, the property has floor to ceiling windows, stone floors and gallery white walls provide the perfect backdrop for the owners' extensive contemporary art collection. It also houses a large working artist studio.