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Finding Aid for the Richard B. Taylor papers, circa 1956-circa 1990 0000182
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Description
The Richard B. Taylor papers span 75 linear feet and date from circa 1956 to circa 1990. The collection contains architectural drawings as well as landscape architecture drawings; reprographic copies; presentation drawings; specifications; master plans; materials relating to the American Institute of Architects in the form of newsletters, ephemera, and letters; trade catalogue samples; public work standards; and slides. Designs executed by Taylor include landscapes and buildings in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Santa Maria, Ventura, Lompoc and Oxnard.
Background
Richard B. Taylor was born in Greensville, South Carolina on February 19, 1926. He received both his BS and BA in architecture and landscape architecture from the University of Virginia, graduating in 1948. After Naval Officer’s training he studied at the, Ècole de Fontainebleau in France and received the distinction of Certified Architect. Following his studies at the Ècole, Taylor went on to practice architecture in South Carolina and teach at the University of Georgia before coming out West to lecture at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1956, Taylor arrived in Santa Barbara and over the next 36 years completed projects as an architect, landscape architect, and planner in the Tri-County area. Notable projects include: Pershing Park (15 acres of landscape design), Shoreline Park, landscape design of Santa Barbara City College, St. Andre’s Presbyterian Church, Parma Elementary School, three seaside residences in Isla Vista, and the Mission Plaza in San Luis Obispo. Richard B. Taylor died in 1993.
Extent
75.0 Linear feet (11 record storage boxes and 21 flat file drawers)
Availability
Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.