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Casa del Herrero

Santa Barbara, CA
805-565-5653
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Type: Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Tours are by reservation only on Wednesdays and Saturdays for those 10 years & older. Admission for the 90-minute, Docent-led tours is $20 per person.... more » Owner description: Tours are by reservation only on Wednesdays and Saturdays for those 10 years & older. Admission for the 90-minute, Docent-led tours is $20 per person. Designated in 2009 as Santa Barbara's 4th National Historic Landmark, the Casa del Herrero, built in 1925, stands today as one of the finest examples of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. The creative manifestation of St. Louis industrialist George Fox Steedman, Casa del Herrero (House of the Blacksmith) reflects the visionary passions of its 'dream team' of designers: reknowned architect, George Washington Smith, landscape architects Lockwood de Forest and Francis T. Underhill, and antiquarians Arthur Byne and Mildred Stapley, who also helped outfit the well-known Hearst Castle. « less
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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 house was built in the 20's-30's by a retired industrialist. He was very picky and spared no expense to create his estate. Beautiful house and grounds. My favorite was his workshop, still with all the tools and innovations he created. He was very organized.

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California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

We visited Casa Del Herrero on March 15 10 am tour. Great weather and very knowledgeable tour guide (her 8th year). Arrived 15 minutes early, good directions, adequate parking, 17 people on the tour. $20 per adult. Started outside, toured the interior of the house that was furnished concurrent with the furnishing of Hearst Castle and through some of same... More

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Beverly Hills, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We had a great docent, but even she, as enthusiastic as she was, had trouble making this more than it was. Casa del Herrero is an ego trip of a house, Spanish Revival, with tons of ornate tile work, grounds not too well kept and comparisons drawn to Hearst Castle. Huh? Best feature ~ the workshop ~ but only if... More

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baltimore
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

It's out of the way. It's not over the top. You have to make a reservation to tour. However, it is a pretty and interesting home and garden shown by enthusiastic, thoughtful docents. We came to tour on a rainy Saturday and the guides provided nice large golf umbrellas. They clearly enjoy and are proud of the casa. I would... More

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Solvang, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

The docent on our tour was fascinating in her description of the life and times of the residents of this house and gardens. She placed them in history to let us understand a different time. Very well done.

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San Luis Obispo, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

This was my second visit to Casa del Herrero, but not my last. Anyone interested in California history and its architecture should visit. There are some many little details one cannot take it all in on one visit (or two). Enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff add to the experience. This stop was one of many on a Garden Writers Association tour.... More

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La Verne, California
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118 reviews 118 reviews
47 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

Even on a cloudy, sprinkly day, this place was terrific. Unlike Lotusland, one gets to tour the house as well as the garden. The workshop is amazing. Docent Sally was very well informed and friendly. Highly recommended.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

The Casa del Herrero, built by the architect George Washington Smith for George Fox Steedman is filled with Spanish antiquities. We had a wonderful docent named Hal who entertained our small group with lively stories about the family and the furnishings. I especially enjoyed the decorative tiles and the beautiful Gardens. Mr Steedman's workshop is amazing. He died young and... More

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Goleta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

This is a lovely historic home and garden that have remained true to the owner's original vision. Mr. Steedman was a fascinating person whose attention to detail is carried through every aspect of the home and garden. The small tour size and knowlegable docents made the tour one of the best I have ever had.

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Alta Loma, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

A friend organized a tour of Casa del Herrero for a small group and everyone seemed to love it. It seemed to me almost a small version of Hearst Castle, maybe because the owner, Mr Steedman, used the same sources as Mr. Hearst for obtaining much of his furnishings and decorative tiles. The grounds are beautiful and well-maintained and the... More

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