Paul R. Williams, Architect
The William Ford Hacienda, 1929
Spreading low and wide across the key site of Ojai’s Country Club Estates Tract, Ford’s country retreat, located near the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, greets the visitor modestly without pretense. While sharing the same quality of construction, it is a counterpoint to the imposing grandeur of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse which was built in the same year, and designed in the same Spanish Colonial tradition. Both are masterpieces of the Style. Both serve their function today as well as when new.
The 3 acre property is easily manageable yet still accommodates a citrus grove, original swimming pool set within a broad lawn, nature, kitchen, and rose gardens without, as well as an olive orchard within the fountained courtyard. The mesa-like site affords timeless California vistas across the Valley, like those treasured by the plein air painters of the period, to the surrounding mountains and foothills in all directions. There is no singular limiting orientation.
Originally built without compromise, a multi-year meticulous and historic restoration envisioned with designer Kevin A. Clark, has been completed. The residence today, with its original historic fabric intact, is a fitting reward for those of discernment.
Designed with the privacy of family members and guests in mind, the residence of approximately 7500 feet incorporates 8 bedrooms, 8 baths, living room, formal dining room, breakfast room and library all carefully arrayed around the interior courtyard
Historic Status affords the new owner significant Mills Act Tax Savings.