Franceschi Park - located on 1510 Mission Ridge Road
In 1904, an Italian Botanist, Emanuele Orazio Fenzi (Francesco Franceschi), purchased 40 acres on Mission Ridge and built a mansion, which he called Montarioso. Dr. Franceschi operated a plant nursery on lower State Street, introducing many useful trees, plants, and fruits on the property and throughout Santa Barbara. The City acquired the property in 1931 for the recreational benefit of visitors and residents of the City. The park still boasts the mansion and is a well-known horticultural attraction to botanists and arborists.
Views from the property look south across downtown to the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands.
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