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Casa del Herrero

Santa Barbara, CA
805-565-5653
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Ranked #11 of 69 attractions in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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.... more » 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. « less
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Norwalk, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Casa del Herrero is unique in many ways, but primarily what struck me on a recent visit was that the house was in basically untouched condition from when the original builder/owners were living here. As you enter the driveway you are first struck by the architecture of the house, a truly romantic Spanish influence felt everywhere, from the entrance courtyard... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

To celebrate my birthday week, my daughter and I decided to tour the Casa.So glad we did! With Jane as our docent-we enjoyed a beautiful and very interesting afternoon.We really are happy we did

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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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22 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This docent guided tour give an enchanting history of the construction of the gem during the early 20th century. The continuous guidance given to the architect and builder left both on edge.....and flexible . The Gardens with their blooming flowers and water features were magnificent and charming! A fantastic blend of European antiques and "modern" early 20th century features.

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Toulouse, France
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24 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

You won't be disappointed - lovely grounds and a home peppered with European antiques. The story behind the owner and his letters with the architect (famous Washington) were really fun - go on the tour (only way to see it). If you are lucky you will get Laurel - she was great!

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Central Coast, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Montecito is such a beautiful area, full of classically elegant estates with gorgeous grounds framed by the mountains and close to the beach. Well worth a visit. However, many of the homes are hidden from view. This one is too, but it's open to the public for guided tours certain days of the week. It's not the kind of place... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

The docent tour is well done and the feast to the eyes was a treat! The gardens are beautiful and the home itself is a stellar example of Spanish Revival architecture. The architect, George Washington Smith was the "father" of Santa Barbara style. This is a bargain for around $20 per person. A definite must when visiting the area.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

We visited this site with friends in late March & it was such a treat. We had a docent guide, a bit unusual but all the more fun. We started off with a short film in the front stable or garage building, then toured the mIn house, which was finished in 1925, the day of the earthquake there. It was... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This house was built in the 20's-30's by a retired industrialist. He was very picky and spared no expense to create his estate. Beautiful house and grounds. My favorite was his workshop, still with all the tools and innovations he created. He was very organized.

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California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

We visited Casa Del Herrero on March 15 10 am tour. Great weather and very knowledgeable tour guide (her 8th year). Arrived 15 minutes early, good directions, adequate parking, 17 people on the tour. $20 per adult. Started outside, toured the interior of the house that was furnished concurrent with the furnishing of Hearst Castle and through some of same... More

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Beverly Hills, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We had a great docent, but even she, as enthusiastic as she was, had trouble making this more than it was. Casa del Herrero is an ego trip of a house, Spanish Revival, with tons of ornate tile work, grounds not too well kept and comparisons drawn to Hearst Castle. Huh? Best feature ~ the workshop ~ but only if... More

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