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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
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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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Excellent historical Santa Barbara tour of important home

We received a very detailed tour of this George Washington Smith home built with the collaboration of owner George Stedman. The gardens are lovely, and the home is a National... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We received a very detailed tour of this George Washington Smith home built with the collaboration of owner George Stedman. The gardens are lovely, and the home is a National Landmark. Many of the innovations are truly inspired, and reflect a lot of genius on the part of Stedman, adding his plans to those of Smith, who is renowned for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

Appreciated the 90-minute, docent-led tour. Property is well maintained. Gardens are especially beautiful.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

This tour was incredible. It had so much history of the early settlement of families in Santa Barbara and the buildings and gardens that make this town so special. The tour guide was awesome with so much enthusiasm and fun stories.

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Las Vegas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

Really enjoyed the walking tour through the estate. The remarkable way they have kept the home and grounds as they were a century ago is lovely and so interesting. Cozy number on the tour was delightful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

This is a little-known gem of a historic place to visit in Santa Barbara/Montecito area. The docents are very welcoming and knowledgeable. House and gardens are beautiful. The story of the family is very interesting. The docent tour is well-worth the $20 per person.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

Travel back to a special time to reveal the way the wealthy used to spend their summers. The incredible details within the house including many antique tiles and art from Spain. The garden and workshop are part of this special residence on the national register.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

This is a wonderful non profit house and gardens museum. A national landmark and a tasteful small "museum." The property has well trained docents and the conditional use permit limits visits, so call and make an appointment. This is a perfect example of a historic Montecito house and garden that has most of its original 1925 Art and furnishings.

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Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016

My husband and I always enjoy touring historic houses because they give such interesting insights into the community. We knew this was a 90-minute tour so expected it to be a bit slow-paced, but the actual tour ran more than 2 hours...our guide apologized periodically but seemed to feel that his enthusiasm overcame the lack of attention to time. We... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2016

We had a wonderful docent who enthusiastically relayed the story of the family who designed and lived in Casa del Herrero. The grounds are specially beautiful, with many garden rooms, tiled benches and fountains. Both the house and garden have surprises at every turn. I love touring homes and gardens and this one is high on my list. I live... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2016

My husband & I toured the Casa del Herrero in early February and it was an amazing experience. Reservations are required ($20 per person) and spots are limited to 12 visitors for the 90 minute docent led tours, but the draw is to view the exacting detail in building a Santa Barbara home by wealthy businessman, George Steedman in 1925.... More 

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