United States of America, California, Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara
Las Tejas (Santa Barbara, California)
"In 1898, William Alston Hayne II built Las Tejas from local adobe and red roof tiles. In 1917, Helen Thorne and architect Francis W. Wilson designed Las Tejas in the Italian Renaissance style. The garden is 26 acres of lawns, flower beds and a Japanese gardens. Then in 1926, Mrs. Thorne hired architect George Washington Smith to remodel the house. George Washington Smith re-designed the main entrance, put a roof over the dining room and then redesigned the outdoor courtyard into an Italian patio. Suddenly the house was sold in 1941 by Mrs. Thorne who thought that the Japanese were going to bomb Santa Barbara. She sold the property to Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Leadbetter."
Mr. and Mrs. Thorne also owned Thorndale in Millbrook, New York.
Persons associated with the property include: William Alston Hayne II, (former owner in 1894); Helen Thorne (former owner from 1917 to 1941);Francis W. Wilson (architect); Oakleigh Thorne (former owner from 1917 to 1941);Colonel William Alston Hayne I (former owner in 1868); Maud Bourn (former owner in 1894); George Washington Smith (architect in 1926); Caroline Pittack and Frederick Leadbetter (former owners in 1945); Ralph Stevens (landscape architect).
The folder includes articles, correspondence and worksheet done by GCA researcher.
Garden has been featured in Bissell, Ervanna Bowen. Glimpses of Santa Barbara and Montecito Gardens, 1926
Garden has been featured in Dobyns, Winifred Starr. California Gardens. New York: The Macmillon Company, 1931
Garden has been featured in Journal of Garden History, An International Quarterly: January-March 1990, volume 10
Garden has been featured in The Italian Garden Transplanted, Renaissance Revival Landscape Design in America, 1850-1939. Department of History and Social Science at Troy State University, Troy, Alabama. April 5 to May 27, 1988
Garden has been featured in Shelton, Louise. Beautiful Gardens in America. New York: Charles Scribner & Sons, 1924
Garden has been featured in House and Garden; September, 1990
Garden has been featured in Santa Barbara Magazine; February/March 1981
Garden has been featured in Town and Country; "A Garden known from Coast to Coast"; January 15, 1930
Garden has been featured in Garden Club of America, List of Gardens. 1921
Garden has been featured in Streatfield, David C. California Gardens: Creating a New Eden. New York: Abbeville Press Publishers, 1994
Garden has been featured in Architectural Forum 32. "House of Mrs. Oakleigh Thorne"; April, 1920