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Santa Barbara County Courthouse

1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93121
805-568-2220
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Government Buildings, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Observatories/ Planetariums
Activities: Leisure education
Description: Designed by William Mooser III in the Spanish-Moorish architectural style, this working courthouse is surrounded by landscaped gardens and lawns.
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

This courthouse is a beautiful old building and great views from the clock tower - and free. The day I visited there were 3 wedding parties vying for the beast spots to take their wedding photo's in the beautiful gardens. It's also a great location for a picnic on their lawns.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

It is a colonial style building complex, with a nice garden and excellent location for photos !! Also you can go up to the tower and have a panoramic view of Santa Barbara Area.

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Santa Barbara, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Go up to the top of the clock tower for the best view of Santa Barbara. The courthouse is beautiful, replete with colorful tile throughout. Visit the "Mural room."

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London, England
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Stunning building. Fabulous views from the bell tower. You get the feeling the conquistadors are still around!

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Santa Barbara, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

The Court House is one of the most beautiful and used buildings in Santa Barbara, Inside and out! It is the host of many festive events,lunch breaks and weddings. A free tour is offered that should not be missed which ends up at the clock tower and a grand view of the city! We have many restaurants,quaint cafe's, Art Museum... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The clock tower has been opened for docent tours of the Santa Barbara Courthouse, a must see the mechanism as well as the history of time. SB Resident

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SANTA BARBARA CALIFORNIA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The view from the tower is incredible and a definite photo opt. Many people get engaged up there. On a clear day you can really see all of Santa Barbara. The courthouse itself is incredible architecture, especially if you like spanish revival. The sunken garden is beautiful and so are the mural room paintings. The admission is free and worth... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

In the true mold of Spanish Colonial, this gem is a relic and should be on any list of where to go and visit if one is exploring the area. The premises is perfect for a lawn set up for a picnic as well.

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

experience the Moorish architecture and murals of this true city jewel in the downtown area of Santa Barbara

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Winnipeg
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Even if you don't stop in SB while driving down the coast take an hour to detour over to this amazing architecture.

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