Whimsy in Santa Barbara.

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I received an email recently from my friend Steven, a recent transplant to Santa Barbara from Portland, Oregon. His note was about the architect Jeff Shelton. Steven works next to one of Shelton’s designs, The Zannon. He was right in his assessment that I’d be a fan.

The buildings evoke Dr. Seuss and Antoni Gaudí in equal parts. They’re quite remarkable, specifically The Ablitt Tower House. He also collaborates with a core group of artists, whose works, in addition to their decorative purposes, serve practical functions within the buildings’ designs. His website is pretty fantastic too.