Club Med

March 28, 2012

Club Mediterranean Style that is… a la 1921.  The architect of this beauty in Santa Barbara is Winsor Soule the exterior style features: flat facade; 2-story symmetrical building and 1-story wings with parapet and flat roof; low-pitched hipped-and-gabled tile roof; stucco walls; arched recessed entrance and arched windows above; wooden casement mullioned windows; decorative ironwork including upper story balconets; in the rear, five pairs of arched French doors leading to the terrace and formal gardens with fountain… to die for!  Being from California my heart swells a bit every time I see a house like this one, so beautiful, although I’d be happy with this one…

Perhaps a quarter of the size, this Spanish Eclectic house is certainly a cutie (Image: Diana Lundin).  This truly eclectic style evokes the feeling of Spain, but with strong influences from other areas of the Mediterranean, including Portugal, Italy and northern Africa. Typical features of the Spanish Eclectic house style are:

  • Asymmetrical façade
  • Stucco exterior wall surfaces
  • Red roof tiles
  • Low-pitched roof, usually with little or no eave overhang
  • Arches above doors, and principal windows or beneath porch roofs
  • Molded decoration
  • Dark-stained, ornamental woodwork
  • Wrought-iron grillwork
  • Tiled floors and courtyards
Spanish-inspired homes were first built in California in the early part of the 20th century, and were called Spanish Colonial Revival. But they really borrowed elements of all types of Mediterranean models. This broad base of sources made it relatively easy to create a believable harmony among the exterior image, interior space, decorative elements, and the building’s function.
The opening of the Panama Canal and the Panama-California Exposition of 1915 in San Diego, Calif., trained the national spotlight on this mixed, but heavily Spanish, style. Architect Bertram G. Goodhue, who was the lead designer of the exposition, gets much credit for popularizing the style with his focus on it as unifying design concept for the fair.Movies Spread Popularity
The American movie industry of the early 1900s also helped to spread the popularity of the Spanish-style house. Movie stars were often photographed sunning themselves by the pools behind their Spanish Colonial mansions.

The Spanish house movement enjoyed its greatest popularity between 1915 and 1931 and was most often exhibited in single-level detached houses.
The influence of the Spanish Eclectic house style lives on as a national type in its influence on the Ranch house. The characteristic L- or U-shaped Ranch house floor plan, with a protected patio in the courtyard, derives from the California Spanish style ranchos of the late 1830s.

4 Responses to “Club Med”

  1. richard Says:

    let’s buy one! LOVE LOVE LOVE this style!

  2. richard Says:

    perfect! love the new look, again!

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