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“Amazing old place to tour”
Review of Casa del Herrero

Casa del Herrero
Ranked #26 of 178 things to do in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed April 25, 2013

This is an estate created in the 1920s by a man with a fantastic imagination. He hired a famous architect and argued with him evey step of the way. He got his way! The hugh house is furnished with everything imaginable from Europe. Statuary, tiles, fixtures, doors, ceilings, cabinets, etc. The tour is conducted by docents who are very knowledgable about every facet of the house and large garden. The workshop is amazing as each tool is sorted by type and size.
Mr. Steedman was even a self tought silversmith. The place is a little out of the way but well worth the effort.

1  Thank gerald k
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

The Casa del Herrero, designed by architect George Washington Smith and completed in 1925, is one of the finest examples of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture in America, is included on the National Register of Historic Places, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in January 2009. Having visited Santa Barbara and Montecito for many years, I can't believe we'd never been here. Our 90 minute tour led by a charming and knowledgable docent was wonderful. The building itself with its magnificent tile and art work was amazing and the owner's (George Steedman) meticulous touches could be appreciated, outside and in every room. His 'work shop' defies imagination and the gardens, that go on forever, let you experience a life of grandeur and elegance that belonged to a by-gone era.

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Reviewed April 18, 2013

This historic home is a must see on your trip to Santa Barbara. Structure and gardens are absolutely gorgeous and tour staff welcoming and extremely knowledgable. We plan to see it again on our next trip for the sheer enjoyment of the place!

2  Thank nancyhutnik
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

As I toured this treasure from the mid 1920's I could compare it totoday's monied magnates, always tinkering and remodeling their lodgings and contracting with the designers for the latest in vogue art and furnishings. In the case of 1920's Santa Barbara, the popular style was Spanish and since Spain was still allowing the exportation of its artifacts some of this artwork found its way to Casa de Herrero. The gardens are lovely, especially in springtime, I would have liked to have sat down and read a book in them. The docent was very detailed, almost too much so.

1  Thank h0rsew0man
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

Nothing to dislike. Took a private tour with on-site overseer. Fascinating. Loved all of the heavy wood doors.

1  Thank DDanaC
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