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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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A sterling example of elegant luving

We had a private tour of this magnificent property. It is a fine example of George Washington Smith architecture. Owned and cared for by one family the home is very interesting... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a private tour of this magnificent property. It is a fine example of George Washington Smith architecture. Owned and cared for by one family the home is very interesting and well worth a visit. Excellent docents.

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Palatial mansions were built before the tax code made it necessary to hire a phalanx of lawyers to avoid paying them, when imported labor and global treasures were widely available for the taking. Some of the very wealthy during the Golden Era had great taste. Some did not. Those who had both taste and money (or money and excellent advisers)... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The year is 1925. An industrialist and Harvard grad from St. Louis, George Fox Steedman, builds a summer home in Montecito. He fills it with genuine medieval antiques purchased in Spain, and tiles made in Tunisia to his specs. He coaxes great lines from George Washington Smith, his architect. Eventually, he moves there full time and studies silversmithing as a... More 

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Encino, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

Casa del Herreero is a unique experience. A lovely estae and garden set in the beautiful landscape of Montecito. Be sure to visit Mr Steedman's workshop- a remarkable site during a spectacular priod of Santa Barbara history.

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

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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Santa Barbara, California
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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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