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Despite Unique Architectural History, Hillside Franceschi House May Be Headed For Demolition

In the hills of Santa Barbara, a dilapidated structure known as the Franceschi house is about to go through a big change.

In a Parkside overlook that's been the focus of community debate for years, the house was a contribution in and memory of botanist Francesco Franceschi and architect Aldon Freeman.

It dates back to the 1900s, and has a unique craftsman design with stained windows and medallions on the outside walls.

However, the building is structurally unsound and risks have increased in the area where it's located.

The plans Tuesday by the city council call for the building to be removed, and an interpretive pavilion to be built at a cost of two to three million dollars.

An environmental review will also take place.