The Ablitt House
Where less is more and small is beautiful
This residence sits on a 20 by 20 square foot lot in the heart of Old Town Santa Barbara. The genius behind the project is local architect Jeff Shelton - who designs the impossible - and contractor extraordinarine, Dan Upton, who builds the impossible. Both the architect and the contractor had complete design control over the project and what they ended up with was a work of art. Constructed exclusively of poured concrete it consists of 800,000 pounds of concrete and 4 1/4 miles or rebar rising 53 feet above ground level and sitting on nine caissons extending 44 feet into the ground. The interior consists of award winning tile designs, a 108 foot long black walnut hand rail, key-hole window designs, multiple stone carvings and more representing the work of six local artists. The house is a must see and is open on occasion for public tours. It's the owners way of thanking the community for their support in getting this work of art through the system.
Wedding in the Sky
ToursTours are free and take about an hour
HGTV Exteme Living
This local on line news source wrote the nicest article
on mom and dad's little house. In fact it was so nice I thought maybe
grandma wrote it. Anyway, if you want you can read it by going to
www.noozhawk.com and entering Ablitt House. It also includes
a virtual tour of the interior. Or you can simply go to www.youtube.com,
enter Ablitt House, and start the tour directly. Finally we're
told HGTV will be featuring the house in their new series, Extreme
Living, sometime in July – but they
didn't give us an exact time and date.
Ablitt House, Santa Barbara
Photography by Andrea Adelman
All photos copyright Andrea Adelman. (617) 280-9721.