Lutah Maria Riggs (1896-1984): Mid-century Montecito Collection
Owning Institution: UC Santa Barbara, Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design and Architecture Museum
About this CollectionLutah Maria Riggs was born in Ohio in 1896, and studied architecture at UC Berkeley. She worked as chief draftswoman in the architecture office of George Washington Smith from 1921 until Smiths' death in 1930. The firm was responsible for many of the Spanish Colonial Revival style of architecture in the Santa Barbara area. From 1931 until 1981, Riggs worked both in partnership with other architects and alone on mostly residential projects. While the ADC archive contains materials from the whole of Riggs' career, this small online collection focuses on her work in the middle of the 20th century, in Montecito. These are the projects that show how Riggs moved away from the traditional to more modern after WWII, but still retained classic lines and proportions. This mirrored Montecito itself, which was known for traditional large estates, but by mid-century, smaller lots and homes were springing up in very modern forms.
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