Franceschi Park

Franceschi Park, Santa Barbara

The home of one of California's most important horticulturalists wilts amidst a lovely park. Roosted high on the Riviera, in one of Santa Barbara's most lofty rural areas, a haggard chateau once known as Montarioso sits in vestiges. This decaying but much-beloved historic landmark was once home to one of the area’s most prominent immigrant families; the grounds were known as one of the finest gardens in California. Ignoring the continued protests of locals, the city officials responsible for the sorry state of the house have scheduled Montarioso for complete demolition. Built in 1893 by Francesco Franceschi, a 19th-Century Italian...

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