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“really a beautiful jewel....”
Review of Casa del Herrero

Casa del Herrero
Ranked #26 of 180 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 2 November 2013

beautiful estate, garden is lovely too. Great for people interested in architecture. Not for kids or strollers.

3  Thank Jean S
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

A Master Gardener field trip to Santa Barbara included a tour of the historic Casa del Herrero. A fascinating house and beautiful gardens created by a wealthy couple from St. Louis. The home was completed in 1925 around the time of the devastating Santa Barbara earthquake. Much of Santa Barbara was destroyed but the newly built Casa del Herrero was not affected. We had a fully informed docent. Her name was Pat and she did an excellent job bringing the family, the home and the extensive gardens to life. Do make time to visit this lovely home during your stay in Santa Barbara.

4  Thank slasbury
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

It is so special to visit a truly historic sight unspoiled by crowds. The reservation system keeps this visit intimate and docents are well informed and friendly. The views from the tops of the hills are stunning and even though you think the tour would be too long, it feels too short and you want to stay for more. The gardens are extensive, but the home and it's history makes this a real gem. Can't wait to go back.

4  Thank Janie G
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

To celebrate my birthday week, my daughter and I decided to tour the Casa.So glad we did! With Jane as our docent-we enjoyed a beautiful and very interesting afternoon.We really are happy we did.(Men will love the workshop!)

2  Thank gmakaren
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

You will never experience an estate like Casa De Herra. Its absolutely beautiful, from the home itself, to the gardens, and even the building that houses an amazing assortment of tools...never thought I would care about tools, but after seeing that collection, I have a whole new appreciation.

4  Thank loraine84
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