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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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Sight to Behold

Oh my, what a beautiful sight to behold. I loved visiting this classic old Spanish home, with such a rich Santa Barbara tradition. You will be truly inspired if you choose to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Oh my, what a beautiful sight to behold. I loved visiting this classic old Spanish home, with such a rich Santa Barbara tradition. You will be truly inspired if you choose to visit and walk its grounds. I very highly recommend

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Sonoma, California
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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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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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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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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

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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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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