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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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Washington
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Fantastic views of Santa Barbara from the viewing level. Beautiful historical building. We chose not to take the guided tour but saw many people did choose that option. The courtroom on the first floor is amazing!

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Modesto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Santa Barbara has many beautiful buildings and the court house is probably the best example. I visited here last month and saw the court house for the first time. I highly suggest not just viewing it from the outside but also seeing the inside of this elaborate building. The grounds are beautiful as well. You can take a self guided... More

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Hornchurch, United Kingdom
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110 reviews 110 reviews
22 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This is an old building with lovely architecture and grounds. Centre of Santa Barbara. Also here is the County Records Office which must be one of the most relaxing buildings to work in.

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Saskatoon, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

I loved the whole experience of viewing this building and the fact it's still a working courthouse. The views from the top were great. It was lovely just to wander the halls and be on our own schedule, I m not much of a tour person, for some things it's great, I love to wander, I loved the unique painting... More

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Calgary, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

We decided we will walk up State Street from the beach toward the courthouse. It was a great day. We shopped, dined, had coffee and an excellent tour at the courthouse. The tour guide Liz was excellent and very informative on the artwork and architecture. It is well worth it. Only one tour a day at 2pm and it is... More

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Naplrs florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Worth a visit and tour of this amazing structure with amazing views from the clock tower, beautiful mosaics and murals

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Free entry to climb tower steps for panoramic view of Santa Barbara and ocean. It is about 4 stories high. Rest of building interesting and covered in beautiful tiles and mosaics. Worth a visit, off State St.

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New York City, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The architecture, the history and the view were fabulous. The Spanish tiles and art were fabulous as we'll. we loved the view from the clock tower.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

What foresight to create such a beautiful courthouse. Amazing views across the city and out to sea from the clock tower.

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Dunedin, Florida
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The courthouse is so beautiful, it is the best building in Santa Barbara. Visit the top floor for the absolutely stunning vista, there is an elevator. We got married in the mural room a couple decades ago, and it is still amazing to visit this lovely room to look at the artwork. This is a working courthouse and you must... More

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