Archive for January, 2013

  • Once upon a time, a little girl named Anna Dorinda Blaksley was born in St. Louis Missouri. Although she started life more than 2,000 miles from Santa Barbara, years before the advent of cars and airplanes, her life and legacy have left a lasting impression on this community and the people who have since lived here. Anna Dorinda Bliss is well loved for her philanthropy of both Cottage Hospital and the Botanic Gardens, but she is best-known as the creator and mastermind of Casa Dorinda, a magnificent estate known for its extravagance and grander. After serving as home to […] 0

    Casa Dorinda – Montecito’s Downton Abbey II

    Once upon a time, a little girl named Anna Dorinda Blaksley was born in St. Louis Missouri. Although she started life more than 2,000 miles from Santa Barbara, years before the advent of cars and airplanes, her life and legacy have left a lasting impression on this community and the people who have since lived here. Anna Dorinda Bliss is well loved for her philanthropy of both Cottage Hospital and the Botanic Gardens, but she is best-known as the creator and mastermind of Casa Dorinda, a magnificent estate known for its extravagance and grander. After serving as home to […]

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  • Last week we took you on a tour of the Bliss estate known as Casa Dorinda, now operating as as senior living community. We also promised to tell you more this week about the history of the estate and the many people whose lives were intertwined with it. But, alas we are still in the process of discovering information and possibly old photographs for our story. So, we’re switching gears a bit and will share with you what we’ve learned about the herd of goats that regularly clear parts of the property of its “fire fuel” in order to […] 0

    Goats & Their Protector

    Last week we took you on a tour of the Bliss estate known as Casa Dorinda, now operating as as senior living community. We also promised to tell you more this week about the history of the estate and the many people whose lives were intertwined with it. But, alas we are still in the process of discovering information and possibly old photographs for our story. So, we’re switching gears a bit and will share with you what we’ve learned about the herd of goats that regularly clear parts of the property of its “fire fuel” in order to […]

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  • This story is about a house. A magnificent house, in the heart of Montecito that has been many things to many people, since being built in 1919. Not only is the home remarkable, but the story that accompanies it is also quite rich and unique. We think you’ll agree that Casa Dorinda’s history has more than a few parallels to that fictional mansion across the pond known as Downton Abbey. Before launching into the history of Casa Dorinda and the extraordinary (and quite generous) family that built and called it home for several decades, we’ll show and tell you […] 0

    Casa Dorinda – Montecito’s Downton Abbey

    This story is about a house. A magnificent house, in the heart of Montecito that has been many things to many people, since being built in 1919. Not only is the home remarkable, but the story that accompanies it is also quite rich and unique. We think you’ll agree that Casa Dorinda’s history has more than a few parallels to that fictional mansion across the pond known as Downton Abbey. Before launching into the history of Casa Dorinda and the extraordinary (and quite generous) family that built and called it home for several decades, we’ll show and tell you […]

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