Santa Barbara: Now and Then is a historical picture book of Santa Barbara, California from the 19th to the 21st century. It is filled with side by side before and after images that trace major changes in the city, vividly illustrating Santa Barbara's history and the events that have transformed the city.
Author and researcher Neal Graffy is Santa Barbara's premiere historian. His profound understanding of Santa Barbara's historical landscape comes through on every page.
From the Press:
Even though it may seem like Santa Barbara’s red-tiled roofs and white stucco walls and buildings have been here forever, Graffy knows what secrets lurk beneath those facades. Through the images of “Santa Barbara Then & Now,” he will peel back layers of time to reveal an earlier Santa Barbara of many different designs and uses.
The side-by-side comparison of the "Then & Now" images present a fascinating journey through Santa Barbara as it was and as it currently is. Along the way it’s easy to see that every generation gains and loses something they treasure. This is the only historic presentation that dares to pose the question, "Has every building in Santa Barbara been a restaurant at least once in its life?"
-Glenn Avolio for the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society, as published in Noozhawk.