Founded in 1906 by James Waldron Gillespie and designed by renowned architect Bertram Goodhue, El Fureidis remains a piece of architectural history. This original tile work depicts the two at a famous El Fureidis party.
As the pièce de résistance of El Fureidis, this Byzantine-style alcove features a central dome decorated in 24k gold leaf and modeled after St. John Lateran Church in Rome.
El Fureidis is known for its unique architecture and one of a kind details. Roman inspired pillars in the gallery were built into the original design of the home in 1906, creating a timeless architectural style.
Spacious, bright and open areas throughout the home are ideal for gathering and entertaining. The living room looks out onto to the fountains and the atrium, providing the space with an airy and relaxing atmosphere.
Art and architecture combine throughout El Fureidis, notably in work by renowned sculptor Lee Lawrie. Nine bas-reliefs depicting scenes from Arthurian legends form a band between the tops of columns on the south side of El Fureidis.
Influenced by ancient roman architecture, El Fureidis was designed around a central atrium that gave the home a feeling of space and light. Every public floor on the first floor opens to the area.
After its completion in 1906, El Fureidis quickly became the center of the Santa Barbara social scene and the ideal venue for dinner parties and events. Grand bronze doors adorn the room, highlighting the 24k gold leaf paint.
Alexander the Great
The dining room features a magnificent barreled ceiling with murals depicting Alexander the Great conquering Persepolis. Architect Bertram Goodhue commissioned artist Henry Wadsworth Moore to hand paint the murals on 24k gold leaf.
The spacious and recently remodeled kitchen at El Fureidis was built for entertaining. With state of the art appliances and a double refrigerator, it is the perfect setting for exploring your culinary dreams.
The open layout of El Fureidis is ideal for hosting friends and family. All public rooms on the first floor open out to the atrium, allowing guests to flow throughout the home.
The master suite offers private access to the outdoor fountains and beautiful gardens, while at the same time creating a feeling of secluded elegance from within with expansive living spaces and a newly remodeled bathroom.
With its own private bathroom and access to the back patio, this large space can serve as an office, library, or billiards room. The large fireplace creates an inviting ambiance, making it ideal for relaxing
The marble stairs take you to the second floor to the estate. From the stairs you can access the musicians gallery that overlooks the dining room, and the rooftop deck.
When Goodhue and Gillespie designed the home, they wanted to assure that visitors would be enthralled by the accomodations El Fureidis provided. This bedroom has two decks overlooking the property and access to the rooftop deck.
Being an enthusiastic collector of trees and shrubs, Gillespie brought in trees from all over the world when planning the veritable jungle at El Fureidis. From the guest rooms, you can overlook the expansive property.
The three guestrooms on the top floor were recently remodeled and now feature en suite bathrooms and ample closet space.
From this vast guest room you can access the rooftop terrace or relax by the fireplace. The kitchen on the first floor is quickly accessible from this conveniently located room via a back staircase.
The estate’s exquisite rooftop terrace provides 360 degree views of the lavish ten acre property, Pacific Ocean, and the Channel Islands. Sweeping sunset views are the perfect backdrop for events.