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Casa del Herrero

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Address: Santa Barbara, CA
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+1 805-565-5653
09:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

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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Fascinating...memorable...beautiful . Guides were passionate and very knowledgable. A special treasure. Be prepared to walk and discover.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Kristin D
Napa, California
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Napa, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fascinating...memorable...beautiful . Guides were passionate and very knowledgable. A special treasure. Be prepared to walk and discover.

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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

See how the "other half" lived during the early years in Santa Barbara. As a native of Santa Barbara I am blown away by this amazing "Casa". Very special glimpse into the early culture of the ultra rich in Santa Barbara.

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Tours are offered to see this unique house and garden on Wed and Sat each week, two times per day. We attended a holiday tour. The house was beautifully decorated for the holidays. The tour started with a movie explaining the history. Inside the house we admired that Quality items last.... My favorite fact was seeing the imperfection in the... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Wander the gardens and enjoy being surrounded by the opulent and wonderful architectural heritage of old Spain, and California origins. The your will show you how in peace and harmony past Santa Barbara folks lived. Located in the neighborhood with so many current rich and famous nearby. Like Lotusland and other Estate tours, Casa del Herrero provides a glimpse in... More 

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Lafayette, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Surrounded by beautiful gardens and filled with Spanish antiques, this home is a treat to tour. We visited on a gorgeous fall day and had a great visit thanks to our wonderful tour guide Jane.

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Carpinteria, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

As a child I grew up running around the paths and orchards of this lovely estate. My grandparents were the head grounds keeper and house staff for the Bass family that the estate belonged to. If you like Spanish architecture, this George Washington Smith estate is one of the most beautiful there is. Stroll around the gardens, there are some... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 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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