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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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A Piece of Architectural Montecito History with beautiful grounds

Book reservations in advance to visit Casa del Herrero. I live here so have the pleasure of visiting at least once a year. This incredible home is now a museum which retains... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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Santa Barbara, California

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Book reservations in advance to visit Casa del Herrero. I live here so have the pleasure of visiting at least once a year. This incredible home is now a museum which retains almost all of the original furniture and artwork chosen by it's owner/designer. The architectural details of this Spanish Revival residence are spectacular. It is impeccably maintained and is... More 

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Kirkwood, Missouri
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Very interesting. Lovely home and architecture. Beautiful grounds and a workshop that will awe and inspire you. A wonderful tour. Don't miss.

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San Luis Obispo, California
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

A group of us, mostly retired ladies, enjoyed a Tour here in the Spring and were most impressed with the grounds, the architecture, the whole house. Wonderful! The tour guides were well informed and led a good one hour tour. Definitely worth the drive up through the windy hills and roundabouts.

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Palos Verdes Estates, California
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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 224 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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54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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182 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 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 13 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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