While visiting the Santa Barbara Zoo, I thought to myself, ‘hmm, I wonder if there are any FLLW houses around here…’ I did a quick google search and discovered the George C. Stewart House was very close by in Montecito. What luck! I quickly typed in the address and asked my companions (my boyfriend, his sister and her two daughters, ages 9 months and 3 years) if they wouldn’t mind taking a quick detour to find this house.
Hint: When trying to locate this house, it is a little tricky as the house is behind a wall along Hot Springs Road. If you follow the fence and turn onto Summit Road (between Hot Springs Road and Butterfly Lane), you will spot the mailbox. You can’t miss this mailbox. It is a prairie style mailbox, complete with board and batten. Next to the mailbox are a few steps. If you walk up the steps and peak your head over the fence, you will see the house.
My research has uncovered that T.C. Boyle now lives in this house. He wrote the book The Women, which chronicles FLLW’s three different loves. I highly recommend reading this book. I promise you, you will not regret it.
The George C. Stewart House is a private residence. I was told T.C. Boyle restored the house (Thank You, T.C. Boyle!) and that the house has a two story living room. According to the California Travel Website (the link is below), this house was built as a vacation house for a Scottish accountant and his family and is the only Prairie Style house in California.
Name: George C. Stewart House
Location: 196 Hot Springs Road, Montecito, California, 93108
Year Built: 1910
Style: Prairie Style
Website: George C. Stewart House