Finding Aid for the Richard B. Taylor papers, circa 1956-circa 1990 0000182

Finding aid prepared by Chris Marino
Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Arts Building Room 1434
University of California
Santa Barbara, California, 93106-7130

Title: Richard B. Taylor papers
Identifier/Call Number: 0000182
Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 75.0 Linear feet (11 record storage boxes and 21 flat file drawers)
Date (inclusive): circa 1956-circa 1990
creator: Taylor, Richard B., (Richard Bonnell), 1926-1993


Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.

Custodial History note

Gift of Peggy Taylor, 2002.

Preferred Citation note

Richard B. Taylor papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

Biographical/Historical note

Richard B. Taylor was born in Greensville, South Carolina on February 19, 1926. He received both his BS and BA in architecture and landscape architecture from the University of Virginia, graduating in 1948. After Naval Officer’s training he studied at the, Ècole de Fontainebleau in France and received the distinction of Certified Architect. Following his studies at the Ècole, Taylor went on to practice architecture in South Carolina and teach at the University of Georgia before coming out West to lecture at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1956, Taylor arrived in Santa Barbara and over the next 36 years completed projects as an architect, landscape architect, and planner in the Tri-County area. Notable projects include: Pershing Park (15 acres of landscape design), Shoreline Park, landscape design of Santa Barbara City College, St. Andre’s Presbyterian Church, Parma Elementary School, three seaside residences in Isla Vista, and the Mission Plaza in San Luis Obispo. Richard B. Taylor died in 1993.

Scope and Content note

The Richard B. Taylor papers span 75 linear feet and date from circa 1956 to circa 1990. The collection contains architectural drawings as well as landscape architecture drawings; reprographic copies; presentation drawings; specifications; master plans; materials relating to the American Institute of Architects in the form of newsletters, ephemera, and letters; trade catalogue samples; public work standards; and slides. Designs executed by Taylor include landscapes and buildings in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Santa Maria, Ventura, Lompoc and Oxnard.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Taylor, Richard B., (Richard Bonnell), 1926-1993
Architectural drawings
Landscape architects -- California
Landscape architecture -- California
Photographic prints
Plot Plans
Presentation drawings (proposals)