Walking Tour of Downtown Santa Maria

Click on the name of the site on the map below to visit the webpage about that site. Or, here's a PDF you can print out and take with you.

The tour is designed to start at the Museum/Chamber location and proceed clockwise (roughly) around the map.

Tour Map Museum/Chamber SMVRR Coca-Cola Rubel Franklin Waller Easton Bradley DeMartin SMHS SMInn Minerva Tunnell StPeters FUMC CityHall Hart

Dr. John H. Franklin Home


The Dr. John H. Franklin Home is located at 223 East Morrison Avenue (south and east a bit from the Rubel home).

Dr. John Henry Franklin and his wife, Claire, built the house in 1925 of redwood, lath and plaster, topped with a Spanish style roof. Franklin, a physician, relocated from the East Coast and became a seed breeder and partner in 1912 with Lionel D. Waller in the WallerFranklin Seed Co.

The present owner, State Assemblyman Abel Maldonado, recently renovated this beautiful two-story Spanish-style home, built in 1925 for Dr. J. H. Franklin, co-owner of Waller Franklin Seed Company. The original colors of white and brown have been updated to pink and deep gray-green. Twenty-five small and large palm trees accent the front grounds. Squint your eyes, and its easy to see this home in a Spanish village, the sounds of a flamenco band in the background and the smells of paella cooking. Like many homes in the area, the Franklins had a fishpond, but integrated it with the west wall instead of sinking it into the ground.

Next Stop

Lionel Waller Home