The city of Santa Barbara sits like a gleaming jewel on the Pacific Coast, the streets lined with Spanish Colonial architecture reminiscent of great Mediterranean towns, its soul steeped in rich history. The Mission Revival spirit is the birth child of Pearl Chase, a woman who devoted her life to the beauty, tradition, and the well-being of her community. Pearl Chase was no ordinary woman. As News-Press columnist Barney Brantingham said, she “was a crusader with more impact than anyone other than Publisher Thomas M. Storke. She did more for the town than 1,000 laws, but she never held elective office.? Born in Boston, Mass., in 1888, Pearl Chase and her family arrived in Santa Barbara 10 years later. What started out as a family holiday, a holiday meant to improve her father's health, became a life-changing journey, both for her and for her adopted city.