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Nathan Bentz House
Santa Barbara, California, 1911
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Nathan Bentz House
Santa Barbara, California

Nathan Bentz was an art dealer specializing in Chinese and Japanese objects. Like Charles Greene, who took credit for the design, inventive plan, and creative use of materials, Bentz would not economize on the value of art. The use of steel I-beams allowed for large spaces whose structure was disguised by plaster moldings and soft lighting from fixtures suspended from the ceiling. Picture windows provided stunning views toward the ocean and the Channel Islands. The ambient lighting from these windows allowed for safe display of Bentz’ collection of art and artifacts. More of his renowned collection was exhibited in a fully developed basement hidden behind a brick arcade of Moorish pointed arches. Bentz lived in his 1911 home from the time it was built until his death.