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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 2014
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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Costa Mesa, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I've been to SB many times but never here. It is a gorgeous building and worth an hour or so of your time to explore. There is a self guided tour brochure in the lobby.

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Portland, Oregon
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92 reviews 92 reviews
13 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Every time I return home to Santa Barbara I visit the courthouse. The views from the tower in every direction are beautiful. The grounds are gorgeous and the inside is from another era, so formal and beautiful. The murals on the walls depict Old Spanish Days, there is one very interesting court room that one can visit. I would highly... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This place is unbelievable! We really enjoyed exploring each level and the views from the 4th floor observatory are fantastic! A must-do in Santa Barbara!

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Garland, Texas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We were directed here after our stop at the tourism center and so glad we took it in. Great history in the building itself but the views from the 4th floor tower are just incredible. You can see all of Santa Barbara from up there!

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Oakton, VA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

It was hard to imagine that a courthouse would be a "must-see" attraction, but you would be remiss not to visit this site when in Santa Barbara. From the architecture to the wall murals, it is a unique property with interesting history. Be sure not to miss the law library, with its fascinating map mural. Docent-led tours are offered; highly... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The Mission is not the only must visit when in Santa Barbara. The historic Courthouse should also be on everyone's list of things to see. Plus from the top of the tower one has a beautiful view of all of Santa Barbara and the coastline.

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I have traveled many places in the world and have yet to find a court house as beautiful as my home town treasure. The old Spanish style architecture of the structure itself, the recently renovated fountain and the gardens are all very beautiful. There are rooms with historic paintings to see, and the clock tower has the most stunning 360... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Love the artistic building and decors, we walked on the nice grassland with our bare foot, which something urban people like us seldom have a chance to do!

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Northern California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

What a gorgeous building! We went early Sunday morning, not a sole in sight, had the whole property to ourselves! Worth visiting!

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West Hartford, CT
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49 reviews 49 reviews
12 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Definitely stop in and see the beautiful courthouse. Even if you don't have time to take the formal tour, just walk around and soak in the architectural beauty. Then head to the city center to the cute shops and restaurants. I really loved the mosaic work!

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