Santa Barbara, California: 1925.
Unbound. A collection of 18 silver gelatin photographs measuring 3.5" x 5.5" with some captions. Slightly curled else near fine.
A collection of photographs detailing the aftermath of the 1925 earthquake in Santa Barbara, California. The photos show the ruined buildings around the city including the Marcos Building, Santa Barbara Hotel, and the Catholic Church. Whole buildings were reduced to rubble while other lost full sides of their buildings exposing the interior of the structure including one photo of hotel rooms after the side of the Santa Barbara hotel had collapsed. The earthquake killed 13 and destroyed Santa Barbara’s downtown area but spared most of the residential homes, although every chimney “crumbled.” One of the famous structures to be affected was the Potter Theater which was lost as a result of the quake and is seen here as a mess of rubble. Many of the rebuilt structures from this period are on the National Register due to their affiliations with famous architects who were invited to help with the rebuilding process. Some of these include James Osborne Craig, George Washington Smith, Carleton Winslow, Bertram Goodhue, and Winsor Soule. The immediate rescue efforts are seen here with outdoor bedding and cafeteria set up for those who were displaced by the earthquake.
A modest but interesting collection portraying the aftermath of a devastating natural disaster.