The James Osborne Craig papers span 3.5 linear feet and date from circa 1918 to circa 1923, with one item dating from 2007.
The collection is comprised of black-and-white photographic prints and negatives of Craig’s sketches and drawings for architectural
projects; presentation and concept drawings for the design, restoration, and remodeling of buildings in Santa Barbara, Montecito,
Carpinteria, Pasadena, and Palm Springs. Projects include the Bernard Hoffman residence, El Paseo and the de la Guerra adobe
restoration, and residences. Also included are specifications for three houses.
James Osborne Craig was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1888. He studied architecture at the Royal Academy of London. After school,
Craig found work at the office of Sir Ashton Webb in London. He traveled and studied architecture in Italy and Spain before
relocating to New York and working for the architectural firm Carrere & Hastings. In 1915 James Craig moved to Santa Barbara.
His most notable works in Santa Barbara include the Bernard Hoffman house and guest cottages, as well as the restoration of
Plaza de la Guerra and the de la Guerra adobe. James was married to Mary McLaughlin Craig, also an architect, who assisted
him throughout their marriage and helped to complete his projects at the time of his death. James Craig died suddenly at the
age of 34. At the time of his death he was in the midst of the de la Guerra restoration project.