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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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Wow--amazing architecture!

I only wish we had gotten here before the building closed for the evening. We walked around the building admiring the architecture and the amazing variety of plants, shrubbery... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Houston, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I only wish we had gotten here before the building closed for the evening. We walked around the building admiring the architecture and the amazing variety of plants, shrubbery, and trees on the grounds. I definitely want to visit again!

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful view from the top. Architecture, decorative painting and murals all make this a worth while stop!

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Eugene, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

An enormous building that takes up a whole city block. It is built in the Spanish style as is much of downtown Santa Barbara. The interior is marvelously decorated with Spanish-style tiles, carvings and frescoes. Especially interesting is the frescoed Board of Supervisors meeting room and also the bell tower from the top of which is a magnificent city view.

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Saint Helens, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Enjoyed seeing the architecture and the care they went to recreate it after the earthquake. Easy to see all the special qualities of the building.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely worth a visit for the view of Santa Barbara. Great to see the clock house and it's workings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beth and I arrived from new jersey to have an intimate wedding with great friends at the courthouse. We were treated like totality and had our choice of wedding venues throughout the grounds. A must see when visiting Santa Barbara.

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Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to visit. Don't miss the murals on the wall in the court room on the 2nd floor and the fantastic views from the top, and try to catch the clock chiming just below the roof level. Lovely building - and it's all free!!!!

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Lancaster, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm glad we stopped to see this building full of history. Santa Barbara had the best weather and we did a lot of walking. There is much to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A local told us about this place if we wanted to see a great view! ! Gorgeous and beautiful architecture. Must see for sure! Let's not forget the history lesson.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent building, with plenty going on around it, as it is a working courthouse, plenty to see and do, weddings going on, courtcases etc.. worth a look

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