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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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Vancouver
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is the best deal in town - free entry to a beautiful building and incredible views from the clock tower.

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Santa Barbara, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The beautiful Santa Barbara Courthouse was built in 1927-29 following the devastating earthquake that demolished its predecessor. The courthouse was largely built by a "special" tax levied on the Ellwood Oil Field, just to the west of the City of Santa Barbara. The exterior of the building of the grounds of the courthouse are stunning, listed by many organizations as... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We always share this spot when someone from out of town stays for awhile. Nice to stroll and see how it was built and a fantastic view.

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Nanaimo
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45 reviews 45 reviews
4 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Don't miss the mural rooms in the SB courthouse, showing the history and people in SB's colourful history. Free entry , and worth the climb up the grand staircase.!

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Wilmington DE, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Local folks were unanimous this courthouse was a must-see. Specially stunning on a clear day, as the views from the tower (free entrance) are 360 degrees and spectactular.

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Santa Barbara, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Santa Barbara County courthouse is a lasting tribute to the days when local governments really spent money to build the best architecture they could to represent their communities. This building is a tour de force, from its beautiful setting to the tip of its viewing tower, there is one visual treat after another. Don't miss the mural room, nor... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is the most beautiful courthouses in the world, at least one of the most beautiful. Highlights are the sunken gardens that the courthouse surrounds, the mural room and the tower(one of the best views of Santa Barbara. AS long as your not a defendant, I highly suggest a visit. It is right in the center of town, so there... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Beautifully preserved inside and outside. The grounds are awesome and the 360 degree view of Santa Barbara from the top floor is a must! Murals in one of the main room depict major events in the early history of California. Do not miss the large map of the region.

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Ojai, Ca
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I know it's counter intuitive, but honestly the lawn at the SB County Courthouse is a California Dream. And if you first visit the Burger Bus, or C'est Cheese, you will have the right outdoor picnic to enjoy in this expansive garden, site of many beautiful weddings!

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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Beautifully preserved inside and outside. The grounds are awesome and the 360 degree view of Santa Barbara from the top floor is a must!

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