Lutah Maria Riggs Society

Lutah Maria Riggs Society

The Lutah Maria Riggs Society was founded in 2013 to celebrate the courage and creative brilliance of the architect for whom the Society is named. Her remarkable work should command an important position in the history of American architecture and yet, until now it has gone largely unrecognized.

With the expertise of Lutah archivist and historian Melinda Gandara, the Society has engaged hundreds of community members to share stories, memories, and places that go into an exciting film about Lutah. LUTAH A Passion for Architecture: A Life in Design premiered at the 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival to rave reviews.

Our Society is entirely volunteer and has been enthusiastically supported by many local organizations (Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara, Casa del Herrero, Ganna Walska Lotusland, Pearl Chase Society, and now the Santa Barbara Foundation). We all share an interest in bringing the story of Lutah Maria Riggs to life.

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Under the Umbrella: Lutah Maria Riggs and her Santa Barbara Style

Under the Umbrella

Meet Lutah Maria Riggs, architect and draftswoman. With an abundance of talent and a hint of eccentricity she navigated her way through the established world of architecture in the early 20th century and brought a freshness to the look of Souther California buildings. Her design of some of our most iconic structures, such as the Lobero Theatre, cemented her role as a true Santa Barbara treasure.

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum is proudly collaborating with the Lutah Maria Riggs Society and the UCSB Art, Architecture & Design Museum to fully illustrate her life, her work with George Washington Smith, and the evolution of her own style.

The exhibition will be on view to the public from October 23, 2014 through Spring 2015.

Our partners at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum invite you to celebrate the season at their annual Holiday Party on Sunday, December 7. This is a wonderful opportunity to view the LUTAH exhibition. See you there!

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Lutah Founding Principals

  • Keith Berry
  • Gretchen & Robert Lieff
  • Brent Harris & Lisa Meulbroek
  • Anne & Michael Towbes
  • John Woodward

Lutah Lovers

  • Jerry & Helene Beaver
  • Bea Hype
  • Mark Dishop & Michelle Humphries
  • Kitchell Corporation
  • Channing Soladar
  • Robert E. Truskowski, Inc.
  • The Wise Foundation

Lutah Family

  • Laura Bridley
  • Susie Cronin
  • Nancy Gifford
  • Leesa Goldsmuntz
  • Martha Gray
  • Joan Kreiss
  • John Saladino
  • Cynthia Stebbins
  • The Warner Group Architects, Inc.

All sponsorships and donations are tax deductible, and tributes to all those who have supported the exhibition will feature prominently at the entrance to the exhibition. Please join us by supporting this important local event. Your generosity and support is appreciated, and we look forward to working with you!

Lutah Founding Principal ($5000+)

Sponsorship of the Lutah Maria Riggs Fall Exhibition at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, lifetime Lutah Maria Riggs Society membership, VIP access and listing, a private viewing of Lutah for 10 guests hosted in a Lutah Maria Riggs Home, Lutah DVD's posters and bumper stickers, listing on as founding member and an exclusive place in our hearts.

Lutah Lover ($1000)

VIP access and listing, listing as supporter of the Santa Barbara Historical Museum Lutah show in October, Lutah posters, postcards and bumper stickers, 4 VIP invites to the showing of Lutah, listing on as founding member.

Lutah Family ($500)

VIP access and listing on the LMRS website as a founding member. Access to all Lutah showings, receptions, and soirees.

Lutah Friend ($250)

Enjoy two receptions and notice of all activities related to Lutah.

Please make your contributions payable to the "Lutah Maria Riggs Society", and mail to:
Lutah Maria Riggs Society, P0 Box 50201, Montecito, CA 93150
You will receive a thank you note with our tax exempt information.

Thanks to the many, many supporters of the Lutah Maria Riggs Society, we look forward to another exciting year of celebrating Lutah Maria Riggs, with your help.

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