Few of Montecito’s legendary estates remain essentially unchanged. The Casa del Herrero, designed by architect George Washington Smith and completed in 1925, is noted as one of the finest examples of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture in America, is included on the National Register of Historic Places, and in January 2009, was designated a National Historic Landmark by then Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne.
George Fox Steedman, an industrialist, engineer, and amateur architect, had a vision for the house and grounds that went beyond fashion, and he assembled an extraordinary team of architects, landscape architects, antiquarians, and horticulturists to produce the Casa del Herrero estate (House of the Blacksmith)—recognized today as a masterpiece of the Country Place era. His participation in every detail of the property’s buildings, furnishings, and gardens is the reason the estate makes a single artistic statement that is greater than the sum of its parts. Today the entire 11-acre site is owned and operated as a historic house museum and garden by the non-profit Casa del Herrero Foundation, with the goal of preserving the house and grounds, as well as the family’s collection of antiques, books, sketchbooks, drawings, and horticultural records.
Tours of the Casa del Herrero house, gardens and workshop are available by reservation.
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Casa del Herrero is one of only four National Historic Landmarks in Santa Barbara, standing proudly with the Court House and the Mission Santa Barbara. Our unique collection of antique tiles, artworks, and furnishings, as well as our lovely gardens and singular blacksmith's shop, all require special care and pose significant challenges in the stewardship of the Casa. Our mission to preserve the entire Casa estate in its full grace and beauty relies on the support of our community and those who embrace and believe in the importance of our cultural history.
Contributions from believers like you sustain the wholeness of the Casa and enable us to pass on a touchstone of our cultural heritage to future generations.