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Casa del Herrero

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Address: Santa Barbara, CA
Phone Number: 805-565-5653
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Tours are by reservation only on Wednesdays and Saturdays for those 10...
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.
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California History in a Charming Setting

A visit to the Casa del Herrero instantly sets you back to another age when things were slower and simpler. What’s anything but simple here though is the design of the residence... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Cabo Corrientes, Mexico
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Cabo Corrientes, Mexico
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

A visit to the Casa del Herrero instantly sets you back to another age when things were slower and simpler. What’s anything but simple here though is the design of the residence, grounds, and workshop that were so intricately planned and finished with amazing attention to detail. Surely each pass through the home and grounds would reveal another mystery to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Booked this for my sister and I. What a delightful treat. Stunning old house and gardens. The docent obviously had a great deal of love for the place. It came alive with her tour.

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Laguna Niguel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

It was a rare rainy day in Santa Barbara so our planned hike was off. After a quick consult of Trip Advisor, we found this gem. The inspiration of a wealthy couple from St. Louis, the casa was constructed in 1925 in the Spanish Colonial style with Moorish influences. The tour lasted 90 minutes and included the workshop, house and... More 

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Montecito, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

You are in for a special treat if you find the time to tour The Casa del Herrero. Docent lead 1 1/2 tour of this National Historic Landmark house (I think there are only 82 in the nation) and gardens. Built in 1922, designed by George Washington Smith. Filled with Spanish antiquities and art from 13th 14th 15th century. There... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

What a beautiful historic place to visit. The home is extremely well preserved and the grounds are beautifully maintained. The docents are very well informed and can answer any questions you might have. Their training is very extensive......12 weeks!! As you walk from room to room, you almost feel as thou the family is just out for the day and... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Designed by local architect extraordinaire George Washington Smith, this absolutely marvelous estate was built in the early '20s to include the worldwide collections of owner George Steedman in a perfect example of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture complete with fantastic gardens. Everything in the home is as the family left it, so one can truly imagine life among the very wealthy... More 

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Santa Barbara, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Authentic Spanish colonial style architecture, not the fake stuff the city Architectural Review Board mandates. Pleasant and peaceful place to visit.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

You must have reservations to tour this hidden gem. The architecture is stunning. The family moved in in 1925 the day the earthquake leveled Santa Barbara, but this home sustained no damage.

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Palos Verdes Estates, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Led by an excellent docent, six friends and I toured this home and enjoyed it thoroughly. Be sure to make advance reservations because tour opportunities are limited. The residence is a superb example of early 20th century Spanish Revival Colonial architecture. I plan to return with my husband; he would appreciate learning about George Steedman, a real "renaissance man" who... More 

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Tustin, California, United States
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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This is well worth the visit - the tour was delightful and the history details were excellent. Beautiful grounds and a true gem in Santa Barbara. We were there for a week of R&R and my husband found this tour and booked it. I was skeptical, and had such a lovely time. I highly recommend it.

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