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Casa del Herrero

Santa Barbara, CA
805-565-5653
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Ranked #12 of 57 Attractions in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Tours are by reservation only on Wednesdays and Saturdays for those 10 years & older. Admission for...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Santa Barbara, California
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336 reviews 336 reviews
15 attraction reviews
182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

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 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
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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8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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Los Osos, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

docent-led tours of house and gardens built in 1925 with amazing attention to detail. The home was built so that the outdoors is visible and becomes a big part of the experience. 1.5 hour tour.

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San Francisco, California
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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
17 helpful votes 17 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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