Lockwood de Forest: Stanley McCormick estate (Montecito, Calif.)



The 84 acre "Riven Rock" estate belonged to the McCormick family, the inventors of the grain reaper and founders of the International Harvester company. The original house was constructed in 1898 (demolished after the 1925 Santa Barbara earthquake), and was home to Stanley McCormick. The estate also contained many other guest houses, servants quarters, a nine hole golf course, orchards, a dairy, and many exotic plants.
Stanley McCormick struggled with mental illness, and his wife Katherine (one of the first female graduates of MIT) fought with his family over access to Stanley and the estate. After Stanley's death in 1947, the estate was subdivided and sold to create many smaller land holdings.


Lockwood de Forest, landscape architect


Lockwood de Forest, Jr. landscape drawings, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.




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Lockwood de Forest, landscape architect, “Lockwood de Forest: Stanley McCormick estate (Montecito, Calif.),” UCSB ADC Omeka, accessed December 6, 2021, http://www.adc-exhibits.museum.ucsb.edu/items/show/388.