Casa de la Guerra
Casa de la Guerra
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12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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This restored 19th-century adobe building captures the authentic feel of Santa Barbara of old.
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SB_Walking_Tours
Santa Barbara, CA34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Casa de La Guerra is one of the less visited gems of Santa Barbara. Unlike the Presidio, which is mostly a reconstruction, Casa de la Guerra stands as it was built in 1819! Its quiet, shaded courtyard is usually empty and quiet, even though it is just paces from busy State St. Its the perfect place to stop, sit, and contemplate the long and varied history of California. The building and setting is beautiful!
Written 31 July 2021
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Sightseer35634
Tacoma, WA1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Case de la Guerra is worth a visit. There is no entrance fee though donations are accepted. If you are lucky you will have the same little old lady docent I did. She actually knew on of the family decendants that is pictured at the museum and had great stories. It was fun to imagine what it was like in it's hey-day.
Written 3 May 2003
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Janeyjans
Cypress, CA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
A beautiful and authentic trip into early Santa Barbara history. It is a similar experience to a Hearst castle tour, but better. The docent was a very knowledgable retired architect. He knew a lot about the family, and history of the estate making for a more interesting tour. The workshop was especially interesting for the men in our group. It is a reasonable price, and can be visited for free with the American horticultural society. It was a nice break from state street and the beach for a different experience in Santa barbara
Written 8 August 2013
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Charles M
Santa Barbara, Afghanistan144 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Family
This is one of many historic sights in and around Santa Barbara's downtown area. It is directly across the street from De La Guerra plaza and Santa Barbara's City Hall. During the first week in August, The City celebrates Fiesta "Ole Spanish Days" and this area is turned into a "Spanish Market - El Mercado De La Guerra". "The Casa de la Guerra was the residence of the fifth commandant of the Presidio de Santa Barbara, José de la Guerra y Noriega from 1828 until his death in 1858. Descendants of José lived in the home until 1943". Wikipedia. I have gone to a number of special events here and once in the courtyard your taken back to an earlier time especially if it is a dinner or festive occasion. They have even had Shakespeare performed here.
Written 24 April 2015
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Monique L
Stirling, Australia39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Family
"This adobe residence was constructed between 1818 and 1828 by José de la Guerra, the fifth comandante of the Presidio. In addition to his military post, de la Guerra acquired four large ranchos, ran an active commercial trade enterprise and served as the patriarch for the local community. His home was the social, political, and cultural center of Santa Barbara during the Mexican period. José’s children and grandchildren occupied the building until 1943, when the Casa was fully incorporated into the El Paseo complex. In the 1990s, the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation restored the building to its appearance between 1828 and 1858, and now operates the building as a historic house museum." Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation

My family and I visit Casa de la Guerra whenever we go to Sunday Brunch at El Paseo. This free museum only takes a few minutes to visit, but it takes you back in time - before electricity, telephones, and internet. Parts of the building are original, but many of the mud bricks need replacement regularly. Locals get together to make these bricks with straw and mud, directly in front of the Casa. The Casa includes a beautiful Spanish Style chapel, bedrooms, living area and kitchen. My daughter loved visiting each of the rooms.
Written 21 April 2015
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Mike Post
110 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Historic adobe and displays in the center of old town Santa Barbara. Much of the adobe has been rebuilt but accurately. Several informative displays.
Written 28 September 2023
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Florida
Tampa, FL668 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
We were very pleased with our visit. We had a great docent - Susan. The home and gardens are beautiful. We visited lotus land a few years ago - both planted a century ago. The Steedman family has a very interesting history and the tour is interwoven with many topics to think about later - engineering, iron and silver working, counter-reformation Spain, moorish architecture, diabetes, WWI munitions, … a 90 minute tour was far too brief.
Written 14 May 2022
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beth ann k
Halstead, KS1,803 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We visited when it was very quiet, but it's a nice space for events, as we learned. Nice place to stop in for a little bit.
Written 1 November 2019
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JW93111
Santa Barbara11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019
Not very architecturally interesting, though well proportioned and well maintained.
Fun for history buffs.
Written 19 March 2019
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UKTurkeyTrotter
uk771 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
The people in the visitor centre are very knowledgeable and helpful. You go round a set course (if you want to) which shows you aspects of life of the people who founded and ran the Presidio over the centuries. There are good diagrams and illustrations of how the area was used and the sort of lives the soldiers and their officers lived. Well worth the small fee.
Written 22 January 2019
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