Recreation Center Gymnasium

Julia Morgan (not documented by Sara Boutelle)

Special thanks to Mary Louise Days, Acting Research Center Director, Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, for information about this building.

Although this gymnasium is not documented by Sara Boutelle, I was assured by the current manager and later as well by Ms Days that this is indeed a Morgan building. Several attributes are Morgan-like. She did, of course, design gyms throughout her career, especially as part of the various YWCAs. Like most of her work, this building borrows from historicist vocabularies; characteristic of later buildings are the following: the second-story balcony, tile roofs (even atop columns here), arched windows with colonnette dividers--on the side and back, and the balustrade detail along the roof wall.

Views of the front

The carriage way (which is arched on the opposite side) leads to the back of the structure.

Views of the side (note balustrade detail in center image)


The back; the interior; the rooftop court

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