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. Call our office at 805-565-5653.
We invite you to come experience this graceful Montecito estate ...
Casa del Herrero's Annual Holiday was a HUGE Success!
Casa del Herrero's annual holiday celebration was a huge success for the Casa! Thanks to the hard work and dedication of all of our volunteers Christmas at the Casa raised over $120,000 for the Casa this year!
Entrance Restoration Progresses!
Through the determination of the Casa del Herrero Board of Trustees and the support of the Casa Community, our recent capital campaign raised $250,000, earmarked for restoration of our entrance from East Valley Road and surrounding landscaping.
The project will vastly improve the design, integrity and security of the estate with this improved entry gate and garden over the existing chain link fence and current plantings. The present configuration is inadequate both in terms of aesthetics and security for such a significant property, Montecito’s only National Historic Landmark. The magnificence and beauty of the house, gardens and workshop will be significantly better represented by the reinvented entryway.