St. Anthony’s Structures Declared Historic

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The seven structures that compose what used to be St. Anthony’s Seminary were declared a historic landmark by the City Council this Tuesday, but not before the father of a man sodomized in his youth by Franciscan monks could refresh the council’s collective memory of some of the pain endured there. Ray Higgins testified in favor of giving the former seminary landmark status, arguing the “grounds should be preserved to the numerous children who were so cruelly molested there.” The seminary was built in 1901, with many substantial structures built after the earthquake of 1925. Located behind the Mission, the 12-acre site served for decades as a hub of Franciscan scholarship and education.


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Will Praise the Lord!

Byrd (anonymous profile)
November 15, 2012 at 8:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Yes, and the missionaries enslaved and murdered the natives, but does that mean we should turn the Missions into parking lots, and condos?

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
November 15, 2012 at 10:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)


PeterPeli (anonymous profile)
November 15, 2012 at 12:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Giving this building a historic recognition without first addressing the enslavement, murder, rape and pillage of the Chumash (and countless young boys) is atrocious and sad.

Not only should the building be razed, the Catholic church should pay billions in restitution for their crimes against humanity.

Pretty building? Yes. But the history of the place and the men who did such horrors in the name of God, makes it ugly -a monument to evil - not historically relevant.

iamsomeguyinsb (anonymous profile)
November 15, 2012 at 12:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Just because something is old does not make it worthy of preservation. Historic landmarks should be buildings or artifacts that symbolize great things in the history of Santa Barbara. Why would we want to bestow such an honor to this house of horrors? Tear it down and build something that doesn't have the blood and lost innocence of those abused within its walls.

MSSB (anonymous profile)
November 15, 2012 at 1:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

By landmarking ornamental eucalyptus trees that were planted in the 1970s, the precedent has been set for the city to landmark almost anything now regardless of the child abuse crimes that have been committed in those same buildings.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
November 15, 2012 at 1:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

And so it was that the great Alexandrian library went up in flames.....

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
November 15, 2012 at 1:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Maybe it should be a prison for abusers of children.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
November 15, 2012 at 2:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)


AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
November 15, 2012 at 9:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It's not the buildings' fault that any of those things happened. It doesn't seem right to only give protection to buildings with happy pasts.

The designation that I still scratch my head over is the water treatment building at the old Sheffield Reservoir site. Ugggg-ly!

mtndriver (anonymous profile)
November 16, 2012 at 12:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I do not believe anyone is blaming a building. I believe the issue is the choice to preserve something with such a horrible past is misguided. It is also a slap in the face to those who suffered at the hands of the past inhabitors of the building. I believe the designation of this kind should be reserved for places and items that actually positively reflect the history of Santa Barbara.

MSSB (anonymous profile)
November 16, 2012 at 12:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

With that in mind, we should also destroy all Civil War battlefields, Pearl Harbor, and all concentration camp sites.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
November 17, 2012 at 8:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)

And most of the south for slavery, Brazil for having 3x the number of slaves we did, all of Africa for still being a mess, most of the middle east for oppressing women and anyone that disagrees with their religion, Mexico for ethnic cleansing through the 1980's...Geez, there's not much left...

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
November 18, 2012 at 12:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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