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Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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Address: 1100 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2099
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Designed by William Mooser III in the Spanish-Moorish architectural style,...

Designed by William Mooser III in the Spanish-Moorish architectural style, this working courthouse is surrounded by landscaped gardens and lawns.

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Beautiful old California building with fabulous tile work and frescoes

We visited on the recommendation of the woman at the SB Visitor Center, as part of a red roof walking tour. This building is definitely the highlight of that tour. Hard to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited on the recommendation of the woman at the SB Visitor Center, as part of a red roof walking tour. This building is definitely the highlight of that tour. Hard to believe it's still a working courthouse, it's so beautiful and unique. All around the staircases there is gorgeous tile work--wonder if it's Catalina tile? The ceilings and walls... More 

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Lake Forest, CA USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On the evening of August 5, the Santa Barbara County Courthouse is the site of outstanding music and dance performances as a part of Old Spanish Days Festival celebration. Admission is free, but parking is limited so be prepared to walk a distance. Arrive before closing and tour the restored courthouse, then go to dinner and return in the evening... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Such a beautiful setting for a lovely family gathering, we attended a small gathering less than 30 people in the theatre/chapel and just enjoy the surroundings and ambiance.

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Arcata. CA.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The building reminds me of a cathedral. She of the courtrooms have painted high ceilings. People often have wedding on the ground as it is a beautiful location. There is a look out at the top floor you can take an elevator to.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The court house is gorgeous! Take enough time to wander slowly through. And if you can get there early or when it's not crowded, the trip up to the tower is great! 360º views of a beautiful area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Being a California native, I always look forward to visiting places within our state I've never been to before. On this particular afternoon, I was invited to attend a wedding in this old historical courthouse. I felt as though I had gone back in time while in this building. It's beyond beautiful and chock full of CA history. I was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place is unique in the world and I can see why dozens of couples were here to get married in the exquisite rose gardens and classic California historic architecture. The tiled roof and beautiful fountains and tile work made for interesting viewing. Do not miss this beautiful place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely place, very stately and old fashioned although still in use. Lots of panels for tourists to read through and the architecture is really interesting, really worth half an hour of your time

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to start my trip. Panama a gives good feel for the whole city. Seeing an old court centre at work almost as good as those in London!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Fascinating murals depicting the American west in a really beautiful setting. It's worth heading up the the belltower for some amazing views of the surrounding area.

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