Goleta is growing and changing faster than ever before, and the few reminders of our history we have left should be preserved for future generations. The old Ellwood gas station is a beautiful building from the early days of Goleta that sits quietly between the Sandpiper golf course and a brand new housing development. Originally called the Barnsdall-Rio Grande gas station, it is a unique landmark of Goleta's past, and an elegant representation of the Spanish colonial revival architecture that makes Santa Barbara so recognizable. When Pearl Chase began her program of civic improvements in the Santa Barbara area, she wanted to upgrade the plain, boxlike appearance of "filling stations", and the Barnsdall-Rio Grande Company did just that, making the station at Ellwood a showpiece. Completed in 1929, the station won many awards for its excellent appearance and was recognized in architectural publications. The station should be preserved not only for it's architectural significance, but as a monument to the historic Ellwood oil fields and the overwhelming impact of that industry on our area. Every day that passes, this beautiful structure falls further into disrepair and if our city leaders don't act soon, it will be too far gone to save. Please ask the Goleta city council to do what they can to preserve the old Ellwood gas station.
Learn more about the Barnsdall Rio Grande filling station here-
If you live in Goleta, or used to live in Goleta, you've surely driven past this unique structure on the west end of Hollister Avenue and admired the beautiful architecture and tile work that makes it stand out. It's slowly falling deeper into disrepair as new developments sprout up around it. This could be our last chance to save this monument to Goleta's colorful past. If these walls could talk, it would tell tales of a booming oil business, a Japanese submarine attack on our coast, William Randolph Hearst stopping in to gas up his limo on the way to his castle, Jack Nicholson filming a movie and more....
Please help us to motivate the Goleta City Council to do whatever they can to preserve this historic structure before it's knocked down and replaced by more development.