Magazine article Sunset

19th-Century Santa Barbara on Brinkerhoff Avenue

Magazine article Sunset

19th-Century Santa Barbara on Brinkerhoff Avenue

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Brinkerhoff Avenue in Santa Barbara may be only a block long, but that block is packed. It's the city's antique center, with 11 dealers. On an afternoon, you can prowl among the armories and quilts, then follow the sidewalkto see the flourishing gardens. And if the street's throwback charm entrances you, you can spend the night at a new inn.

The street is two blocks southwest of State Street, an easy walk or a short trolley ride from Stearns Wharf.

Originally, this was a country lane. But in 1857, Samuel Brinkerhoff developed it as a full-fledged street. Houses--some almost mansions, others simply cottages--began springing up in the 1880s. This mix of excess and modesty gives the street its lively character.

Each shop defines "antique" differently. Hours are generally 11 to 5 daily.

Start at Robert Livernois Art & Antiques (533 Brinkerhoff; open by appointment, 805/962-4606). Livernois and his wife came to the street almost 20 years ago, when it was a jumble of rundown buildings. …

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