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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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Fascinating tour

The docent on our tour was fascinating in her description of the life and times of the residents of this house and gardens. She placed them in history to let us understand a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2014
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Belmont, California
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Belmont, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

The docent on our tour was fascinating in her description of the life and times of the residents of this house and gardens. She placed them in history to let us understand a different time. Very well done.

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San Luis Obispo, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

This was my second visit to Casa del Herrero, but not my last. Anyone interested in California history and its architecture should visit. There are some many little details one cannot take it all in on one visit (or two). Enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff add to the experience. This stop was one of many on a Garden Writers Association tour.... More 

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La Verne, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

Even on a cloudy, sprinkly day, this place was terrific. Unlike Lotusland, one gets to tour the house as well as the garden. The workshop is amazing. Docent Sally was very well informed and friendly. Highly recommended.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

The Casa del Herrero, built by the architect George Washington Smith for George Fox Steedman is filled with Spanish antiquities. We had a wonderful docent named Hal who entertained our small group with lively stories about the family and the furnishings. I especially enjoyed the decorative tiles and the beautiful Gardens. Mr Steedman's workshop is amazing. He died young and... More 

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Goleta, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

This is a lovely historic home and garden that have remained true to the owner's original vision. Mr. Steedman was a fascinating person whose attention to detail is carried through every aspect of the home and garden. The small tour size and knowlegable docents made the tour one of the best I have ever had.

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Alta Loma, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

A friend organized a tour of Casa del Herrero for a small group and everyone seemed to love it. It seemed to me almost a small version of Hearst Castle, maybe because the owner, Mr Steedman, used the same sources as Mr. Hearst for obtaining much of his furnishings and decorative tiles. The grounds are beautiful and well-maintained and the... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

The tour of the inside of house was very interesting, but we had a very large tour group making it difficult to navigate the rooms and hallways. I thought the tour was much better once we got outside to the garden area. Not much blooming this time of year, but the gardens are beautifully landscaped and well maintained. The workshop... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

beautiful estate, garden is lovely too. Great for people interested in architecture. Not for kids or strollers.

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San Diego, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

A Master Gardener field trip to Santa Barbara included a tour of the historic Casa del Herrero. A fascinating house and beautiful gardens created by a wealthy couple from St. Louis. The home was completed in 1925 around the time of the devastating Santa Barbara earthquake. Much of Santa Barbara was destroyed but the newly built Casa del Herrero was... More 

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Monrovia, California
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

It is so special to visit a truly historic sight unspoiled by crowds. The reservation system keeps this visit intimate and docents are well informed and friendly. The views from the tops of the hills are stunning and even though you think the tour would be too long, it feels too short and you want to stay for more. The... More 

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