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Alhecama Theatre Restoration Project

For Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation

In 2014, the Hind Foundation funded $234,000 toward the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation's completion of the final and integral phase of the Alhecama Theatre Restoration project, including essential ADA improvements and seismic stabilization. The organization’s goal was to restore the Alhecama Theatre back to its original purpose as a community hall where performances and rehearsals could take place. A historic part of the Plaza de Alhecama in the El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park, the Alhecama Theatre began its major restoration in 2009, including service upgrades, exterior repairs and much-needed maintenance.  Essential ADA improvements to the building include an accessible path of travel from designated ADA parking to the building, a new accessible entry patio, and a new accessible restroom.

Noteworthy Outcomes

  • Original Form & Function
    The original stage and auditorium were restored by removing the existing stage extension and raked seating to expose the original oak tongue-in-groove floor; the original French doors and sash windows on the east side of the auditorium were restored and returned to working condition.
  • A Historic Community Space
    With the new upgrades, the Theatre can accommodate rehearsals for performing arts organizations rehearsing for any of the venues in Santa Barbara, including the Granada Theatre, Lobero Theatre and Center Stage Theatre. The hall is now also available for concerts, recitals and celebrations, such as wedding receptions.


Area of Funding: Music & Visual Arts
Type of Funding: Standard Grant
Amount Funded: $234,000
Year Funded: 2014
Year Completed: 2014

About the Organization
Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation
123 East Canon Perdido Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 965-0093

Founded in 1963 by Dr. Pearl Chase and other community leaders, the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (SBTHP) works to preserve, restore, reconstruct and interpret historic sites in Santa Barbara County.