Renovation of Timber Frame Church in Santa Barbara

Bob Easton, who designed (and did all the hand-lettered headlines and drawings of small buildings) in Shelter with me in 1973, has been an architect ever since, and today sent me this note, along with this photo:

“…got busy this week, in the middle of renovating 120-year-old Episcopal church here in Montecito.”

The church was apparently designed by Arthur Benton in 1900.

3 Responses to Renovation of Timber Frame Church in Santa Barbara

  1. Fred says:

    Looks more like a steel post and beam than a timber frame in this picture

  2. Peter says:

    I think you are right. I was wondering about how the hammer beams in the roof were supposed to work, as they seem to be unsupported. They are probably purely decorative and the entire structural load is born by the steel posts and beams. However, it looks beautiful and they seem to be doing an excellent job.

  3. Ries Niemi says:

    It seismic reinforcement- hence the addition of steel, and new foundations.

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