Florestal Then & Now

A talk by Marc Appleton at the historic Lobero Theatre

In 1925, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Cooper Bryce built a Spanish Colonial Revival house designed by architect George Washington Smith on fifty-two acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Hope Ranch in Santa Barbara, California. Known as “Florestal,” the late historian David Gebhard considered it “one of the great houses of the era and one of Smith’s finest masterpieces.” The house and surrounding gardens, which were developed by Mrs. Bryce with input from the horticulturalist Peter Riedel, became the family home to their children and grandchildren and endured intact and unchanged until Mrs. Bryce’s death in 1980. In his talk, Marc Appleton (one of the grandchildren) recounts Florestal’s story and describes the magical influence it had in its heyday, as well as what has recently happened with the property’s renovations.

About The Speaker
Marc Appleton is an award-winning architect. His design work has been widely published in Architectural Digest, Town and Country, and other periodicals. He has consistently been named one of AD’s top 100 Designers. In 1999, he wrote a new introduction and bibliography for Acanthus Press’ reprint of Rexford Newcomb’s Mediterranean Domestic Architecture in the United States, Followed by this publication of George Washington Smith: An Architect’s Scrapbook, and is currently working on several forthcoming books.

Mr. Appleton is a founding member of the Appleton-Whittel Research Ranch Foundation in Arizona and the Mingei International Museum of World Folks Art in San Diego. He has served on the Board of Trustees for Prescott College in Arizona, and currently serves on a a number of committees and boards, including as a Museum Trustee, the Board of Trustees for Cooper Union, New York, The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America, and the Dean’s Council of the Yale School of Architecture.

Marc is a graduate of Harvard College (1968), and has a Masters of Architecture degree from the Yale School of Architecture (1972).

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