National Register of Historic Places in Santa Barbara County

National Register #91002033: Sexton House in Goleta   National Register #91002033: Sexton House in Goleta 29 March 2017
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National Register #91002033
Joseph and Lucy Foster Sexton House
5490 Hollister Avenue
Built 1880

The Sexton House was designed by Peter Barber in the Italianate style and built in 1880. It is one of two rural residences in the area designed by Barber. The other is the Hope House.

Joseph Sexton, a native of Ohio, moved to Santa Barbara in 1867. As a pioneer nurserymen, he was a key figure in the agricultural development of the Goleta Valley.

Sexton was particularly known for popularizing pampas grass plumes as decorative items during the late Victorian Era. He shipped his first plumes to New York in 1874. By 1889, his nursery was producing over 500,000 plumes annually and shipping them as far as Europe. The craze for pampas grass plumes died out about 1900, but in the intervening years, pampas grass production provided a major source of income for Goleta fanners.

Source: Adapted from the NRHP nomination submitted in 1991.

When we photographed the Sexton House in March of 2017, it was on the property of the Pacifica Suites Hotel.

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