neal graffy

It may look like Santa Barbara’s red-tiled roofs and white stucco walls and buildings have been here forever... but who knows what secrets lurk beneath those facades? Santa Barbara historian Neal Graffy does! And through the images and text of Santa Barbara Then and Now, layers of time are peeled back to reveal an earlier Santa Barbara of many different designs and uses.
This is the only book that dares to pose the question "Has every building in Santa Barbara been a restaurant at least once?"


Santa Barbara Then and Now
is 160 pages in full color.

In 1851 the Town Council of Santa Barbara appointed a committee to apply names to the fifty-two new streets being created from “the front of the Mission Gardens to the sea and from hill to hill on each side” as a result of the survey of  Salisbury Haley. 

Unlike other towns whose streets bore the unimaginative A - Z, numbers, trees or names of presidents, they gave names to our streets that portrayed the geography and botany of our town, honored the Chumash, early settlers, governors, and showed a distinct sense of humor and in some cases, delightful sarcasm. 

Street Names of Santa Barbara
52 pages $9.95

Historic Santa Barbara is a coffee table size book written for the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. It’s chock full of photos and text covering the history of Santa Barbara from the original inhabitants, the Chumash Indians, all the way up through the devastating Jesusita fire of 2009. The second half of the book profiles a number of Santa Barbara businesses, churches and non-profits.




Historic Santa Barbara
208 pages. $49.95

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