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“Truly a Hidden Gem”
Review of Casa del Herrero

Casa del Herrero
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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 16 August 2014

It is very hard to obtain a reservation here, so call ahead. Tours run only Wednesdays and Saturdays. Parking is very limited. It was a lovely tour by docent Sally Green. She was a perfect guide, lots of details and back ground information given in an interesting way. The house and gardens are a gem. Never had heard of it, just saw it listed on Tavel Advisor and highly rated. We were a party of seven and were warmly greeted upon arrival. The tour starts in with a short film then continues into a beautifully paved stone entry way in front of the house. I liked the detailed information about the plants, many of which are quiet old.

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Reviewed 14 August 2014

Having lived in the area over 20 years and being to the property a few different times (not on a tour) I was absolutely blown away! The details that the two Georges put into this house are stunning. George Fox Steadman was obviously brilliant beyond his years, as evident by his work in the house and his workshop. What a great treasure hidden away in SB county! Our tour guide Sally was fantastic and very knowledgeable. Thank you to the trust and the Casa board, we should all donate to save this little gem!

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Reviewed 12 August 2014

I really enjoyed my tour of Casa del Herrero. The house and gardens are pretty. I would not say that it is a must-see, however.

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Reviewed 23 July 2014

Casa del Herrero is unique in many ways, but primarily what struck me on a recent visit was that the house was in basically untouched condition from when the original builder/owners were living here. As you enter the driveway you are first struck by the architecture of the house, a truly romantic Spanish influence felt everywhere, from the entrance courtyard with fountain to the balconies and window guards of wrought iron apparently all made by the owner of the house. The interior, with original furnishings, touches of Spanish tile everywhere, antiques and artwork from Spain (only a small fraction of the contents were from Mexico), is really joined throughout with the exterior gardens, which are visible from every window or balcony. The blue and white garden was particularly resplendent the day we were there, and the Dragon's Blood trees were a sight to behold. The blacksmith shop, for which the house is named, is in intact condition with uniquely created items and tools...so many that I would certainly not want to dust it! Come to Casa del Herrero and step back to the 1920's and what the human imagination is able to create through influence of Montecito architecture mingled with individual taste to create a very special place.

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Reviewed 15 July 2014

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

2  Thank Thomas Z
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