Santa Barbara Airport
(Santa Barbara, CA)

The Santa Barbara Municipal Airport was established as part of a war-time defense program by the United States Government to construct 250 airports across the country on a cost-sharing basis with local governments. T.M. Storke secured Santa Barbara’s enrollment in the program and a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new airport in 1941. The Spanish-style terminal building, commissioned by United Airlines in 1942 and designed by William Edwards and Joseph Plunket, includes a red tile roof, dark wood beams and an old mission garden full of jasmine and bougainvillea.


  • Terrazzo Floors

Design Team

Owner: City of Santa Barbara
Original Architect: William Edwards and Joseph Plunkett
Architect: HNTB Architecture
General Contractor: EMMA Corporation
Restoration Contractor: Spectra Company

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