Four Seasons Introduces Restored Ballroom, Terrace in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Part of a comprehensive three-year, $65 million rehabilitation that was completed this year under the direction of owner and real estate mogul Ty Warner, the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara has renovated its largest meeting venue, the La Pacifica Ballroom and Terrace, in Santa Barbara, Calif. Re-opened this month, the historic 9,200-square-foot ballroom was originally opened in 1937 and has been restored to its original condition.

"Between its stunning locale and remarkable cachet, it is a truly unique, breathtaking place for weddings and events—there's simply nothing else on the West Coast that comes close to it in comparison," General Manager Karen Earp said in a statement. "Mr. Warner's vision, relentless attention to detail and unwavering fortitude in the historic restoration of this luxury establishment has produced an amazing and authentically glamorous venue in one of the world's most breathtaking settings."

The La Pacifica Ballroom and Terrace are part of the Four Seasons' beachfront Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club, which over the years has played host to myriad celebrity parties and events attended by the likes of Bing Crosby, Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford and Clark Gable, among others.

The ballroom itself includes 4,200 square feet of indoor meeting space for up to 350 guests, while its adjacent terrace serves as a 5,000-square-foot outdoor event venue. Both offer panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and both enjoy the benefit of the property's extensive renovations, which included the addition of an on-site banquet kitchen, new restrooms, upgraded technology, and an enhanced driveway turnaround and valet for private event accessibility.

Architect Peter Marino oversaw the restoration of the La Pacifica Ballroom and Terrace, which he modeled in tribute to the space's original designer, Gardner Dailey, who envisioned a 1930s Scandinavian Modern theme.

"My concept was to faithfully restore the original design according to Dailye's principles," Marino said. "Comfort, elegance and restrained glamour of the original design were all paramount considerations in the rebuilding."