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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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This is a special house.The house was was completed in 1925. It was designed and built by George Washington Smith in collaboration with the owner George Steedman. The name... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Huntington Beach, California
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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

This is a special house.The house was was completed in 1925. It was designed and built by George Washington Smith in collaboration with the owner George Steedman. The name translates to House of the iron worker. George Steedman was and industrialist who made his money producing shell casings for WW1. He was an inventor with over 40 patents. The house... More 

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Abilene, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This is a wonderful home and tour. If you have any interest in architecture or the people that helped define Santa Barbara this is a must do. Our docent, Hal, was very good on giving details of the wealth of antiquities in the home and gave a good illustration of George Fox Steadman, the co-collaborator and owner of the home.... More 

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CasadelHerrero, Guest Relations Manager at Casa del Herrero, responded to this review

Hi Tony, Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent tour of the Casa. During their 12-week training, our Docent-trainees cover an enormous amount of material, far more than could possibly fit into an hour and a half tour. While all the tours contain the fundamental information, Docents are encouraged to emphasize the elements of Casa del Herrero each finds... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

This was one of the highlights of my recent trip to Santa Barbara and as someone who uses a wheelchair I was a little apprehensive that I'd miss a lot because of accessibility, but they took the time to show my sister a more accessible route around the gardens and our docent was great - really knew a lot about... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

A birthday celebration for two close friends brought our group of five to Santa Barbara. At the top of our list for fun/culturally stimulating activities was the lovely Casa del Herrero and its beautifully integrated gardens. A particularly appealing "snapshot" of the life of the Steedman family, headed by a wealthy industrialist from St. Louis, was memorably brought to life... More 

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Cabo Corrientes, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

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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