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Casa del Herrero

Santa Barbara, CA
805-565-5653
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Ranked #11 of 71 Attractions in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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San Francisco, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We did the tour and I must say it was very interesting. We were trying to understand the properties in this town better and this was the most intersting by far. The gardens are stunning and the Smith is just immaculate. I have been reading about this property for years so to finally see it was just amazing.

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We took the took 10/14 and it was wonderful. So much information, interesting history. The docent had so much interest and passion it made the visit great. We have been to this area for over 20 years and this was the first visit, highly recommend the tour. Just beautiful details in the house and gorgeous gardens.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Our excellent docent, Hal, was very knowledgable about the art, gardens and architecture of this lovely estate. He shared many interesting details about the owner Steedman and architect Smith. Highly recommend booking a tour when visiting Santa Barbara.

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Australia
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10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We did the tour back in August 2014 and it was fantastic. Beautiful Spanish Mission Classical Revival architecture and the history of the house was interesting. Our docent was Glenn who was quite knowledable. Book ahead! It was one of the best things we did on our visit to SB

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Novato
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

It is very hard to obtain a reservation here, so call ahead. Tours run only Wednesdays and Saturdays. Parking is very limited. It was a lovely tour by docent Sally Green. She was a perfect guide, lots of details and back ground information given in an interesting way. The house and gardens are a gem. Never had heard of it,... More

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Ojai, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Having lived in the area over 20 years and being to the property a few different times (not on a tour) I was absolutely blown away! The details that the two Georges put into this house are stunning. George Fox Steadman was obviously brilliant beyond his years, as evident by his work in the house and his workshop. What a... More

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San Diego, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I really enjoyed my tour of Casa del Herrero. The house and gardens are pretty. I would not say that it is a must-see, however.

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Casa del Herrero is unique in many ways, but primarily what struck me on a recent visit was that the house was in basically untouched condition from when the original builder/owners were living here. As you enter the driveway you are first struck by the architecture of the house, a truly romantic Spanish influence felt everywhere, from the entrance courtyard... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

To celebrate my birthday week, my daughter and I decided to tour the Casa.So glad we did! With Jane as our docent-we enjoyed a beautiful and very interesting afternoon.We really are happy we did

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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This docent guided tour give an enchanting history of the construction of the gem during the early 20th century. The continuous guidance given to the architect and builder left both on edge.....and flexible . The Gardens with their blooming flowers and water features were magnificent and charming! A fantastic blend of European antiques and "modern" early 20th century features.

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