Experience Montecito as it was during the 1920s and 1930s on a tour of Casa del Herrero, one of Santa Barbara’s finest architectural landmarks. Built in 1925 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 2009, Casa del Herrero is an excellent example of the Spanish Colonial Revival style in America. The 11-acre masterpiece was designed by architect George Washington Smith for the Steedman family, and is renowned not only for the grand house but also for its extensive Moorish-style gardens and collection of 15th and 16th-century art objects from Spain.
During your visit, you’ll be transported back to the Casa del Herrero’s heyday. Trained docents share the history of the Casa during your tour, including how owner George Fox Steedman brought his vision for the beautiful estate to life by enlisting the help of many architects, landscapers, horticulturalists and other experts. Stroll among the garden’s romantic open-air rooms, listen to the peaceful burbling of elegant fountains, peek into the tool-filled workshop and marvel at fascinating artifacts throughout the house.
Casa del Herrero Tours and Admission
A private residence until 1987, the estate now functions as a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the house and grounds. Tours of Casa del Herrero are available to the public only by advance reservation by phone or email. Tours can be booked on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. throughout the year, and are available for adults and children age 10 and above. Admission for the tour is $25 per person and is non-refundable. Payment is due at the time of reservation. Tours for groups of 12 or more can also be booked with advance reservations.
The 90-minute docent-led tour begins in the Casa courtyard with guests entering the house through the front door before viewing the home’s interior. The visit continues with a walk around the gardens, and concludes with a look into the Steedman workshop.
Tips for Your Visit
On-site parking at the Casa del Herrero is limited and neighborhood parking is prohibited, so carpooling is encouraged for all visitors. Large groups are encouraged to carpool or may arrive in a mini-van or mini-coach, but large buses cannot be accommodated.
Every year, Casa del Herrero offers a limited number of holiday tours in the month of December. The docent-led tour is enhanced by festive holiday decorations and good cheer. Admission for these special holiday tours is $30 per person. Call (805) 565-5653 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
While Casa del Herrero welcomes outdoor photography of the house and gardens, note that photography inside the house is strictly prohibited.
Casa del Herrero offers a variety of educational programs geared toward children ranging in age from elementary school to high school and also welcomes educational field trips. To learn more, email email@example.com.