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Casa del Herrero

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Address: Santa Barbara, CA
Phone Number: 805-565-5653
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Beautiful Classic Spanish Revival Mansion and Gardens

Not to be missed if you love Spanish Revival architecture and classical gardens. Make sure to make a reservation.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
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Palos Verdes Estates, California
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Palos Verdes Estates, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Not to be missed if you love Spanish Revival architecture and classical gardens. Make sure to make a reservation.

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Camarillo, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Fascinating house and the gardens are worth a look. It is always interesting to view how the 1 percent live. Most homes in Montecito are hidden behind gates and shrubs. The tour lets you into another lifestyle.

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Santa Barbara, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Do not miss this if you are travelling to Santa Barbara! The house and gardens and amazing, and you will learn so much about the house, the area and the people of Montecito from the well-informed docents. Be sure to book ahead!

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

One of the best kept secrets in Santa Barbara. This historic estate is in many ways one of a handful of designs that set Santa Barbara architecture. This is one of the most important houses that George Washington Smith designed. And the gardens are as exquisite as is the Art. The house was completed June 28, 1925 the day of... More 

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Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

What a beautiful home! I took a tour with several friends. Our tour guide, Larry, shared not only details about the house and grounds, but also stories of interactions between the owner and his architect, and stories about the owner's family. The owner's workshop still contains his tools and machinery, and is not to be missed. The large grounds include... More 

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Sonoma, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

My primary reason for going to SB was to visit Lotusland which was great. This become my favorite destination. The house and grounds are wonderful and very interesting. There is history here that makes this place as much a learning experience as a visual experience. The house and all of the contents is fascinating. The gardens are nice and represent... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Make reservations a week ahead as parking is extremely limited. Watch out for the entrance, it is easy to miss. Lots of standing around during the tour.

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San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

As an Architect who worked in Santa Barbara, having this building designed by GWS is a treasure. A must visit for anyone who appreciates classic 1920's spanish revial architecture. He was the master.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

The home and gardens of the George Steedman family should not be missed. Tours here are guided and by reservation. Our docent gave us an indepth look at the family which was fascinating. George Steedman had an attention to detail that was second to none. He actively worked with the architect of the home (George Washington Smith) and the landscape... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

Guided tour of George Steedman home & gardens - tour guides were wonderful: knowledgable, friendly, entertaining, and obviously love sharing this fascinating Spanish style home, garden & workshop with visitors. Even the men will find this tour and insight into the life of a true Renaissance man interesting and worth the trip!

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Additional Information about Casa del Herrero

Address: Address: Santa Barbara, CA
Phone Number: 805-565-5653
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
Open Hours:
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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