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Finding Aid for the James Osborne Craig papers, circa 1918-circa 1923 0000121
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The James Osborne Craig papers span 3.5 linear feet and date from circa 1918 to circa 1923, with one item dating from 2007. The collection is comprised of black-and-white photographic prints and negatives of Craig’s sketches and drawings for architectural projects; presentation and concept drawings for the design, restoration, and remodeling of buildings in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Carpinteria, Pasadena, and Palm Springs. Projects include the Bernhard Hoffmann residence, and El Paseo and the de la Guerra adobe restoration, and residences. Also included are specifications for three houses.
James Osborne Craig was born in Barrhead (a suburb of Glasgow), Scotland in 1888. After studying architecture briefly at The Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College in Glasgow, he left Scotland for America in 1905 at the age of 16. He worked for a time in Colorado Springs, Colorado, traveled and studied architecture in Europe, and settled in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1914. In 1916 James Osborne Craig moved to Santa Barbara. His most notable works in Santa Barbara include the Bernhard Hoffmann house and guest cottages, as well as Casa de la Guerra. James was married to Mary McLaughlin Craig, a designer, who assisted him throughout their marriage and helped to complete his projects at the time of his death. James Osborne Craig died suddenly in Ojai, California of bronchial pneumonia at the age of 33. At the time of his death he was working on numerous projects, including plans for the restoration of Casa de la Guerra.
3.5 Linear feet (1/2 record storage box and 15 flat file folders)
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