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Santa Barbara Day Trip: Tour of Casa del Herrero - House of the Blacksmith

  • Mar 17, 2012 · 9:45 AM
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Please Note: Read the directions below carefully.

1) You MUST call the docent at Casa del Herrera to prepay and book your reservation BEFORE you RSVP 'Yes' for this event.

2) If you procrastinate and then find out that they are SOLD OUT, don't come crying to me. This event may sell out in advance, so the sooner you purchase your tix, the better.

3) They do conduct tours regardless of the weather, and the admission is non-refundable. The tour lasts for about 1 1/2 hours.

4)When you arrive at the venue, call/text me at[masked]-4099.

5) We will be carpooling from a location right near where the 405 and 101 freeways intersect. Its off the Hayvenhurst exit on the 101 freeway at the Sepulveda garden Center. Corner of meeting Magnolia and Hayvenhurst. We will be meeting at the carpool location at 8:30 AM SHARP. If you carpool, please give at least $15 to the designated driver to compensate for gas and car maintenance.

6) This event is part of a day trip to Santa Barbara so if you carpool, expect to stay the whole day in Santa Barbara. We will have lunch at at State Street Wine Bistro at Noon. .

7) The cost of the tour is $20 per person. Call the docent below and tell her you want to join the Saturday, March 17th tour at 10 AM.

Susannah Gordon, Visitor and Volunteer Coordinator
Casa del Herrero
1387 East Valley Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA  93108
(805)[masked], ext. 202

To get a better sense of what we'll be touring, check out this link:

Visitor Policies

Arrival Time: Tours depart promptly on the hour. As a courtesy to your group and Docent, please arrive ten minutes before your scheduled tour time.

Departure Time: The terms of our Conditional Use Permit prohibit visitors from exploring the Casa grounds unaccompanied by a Docent. Guests should plan to depart no more than fifteen minutes after the tour has concluded.

Photography: Hand-held cameras are welcome for outdoor photography. Interior shots are not allowed.

Smoking is not permitted on the property.

Food and beverages are prohibited in the house or gardens.

Map, & Directions

From Los Angeles (South): Take Highway 101 North to Montecito. Take Exit 93 (San Ysidro Road). Turn right onto San Ysidro Road. Follow San Ysidro to the 2nd traffic light at the intersection of East Valley Road. Turn left on East Valley Road. Continue about 1/3 mile to 1387 East Valley Road. Our entrance is demarcated by two white pillars. Turn left into our driveway.

From Santa Barbara (North): Take Highway 101 South to Exit 93 (San Ysidro Road). Turn left onto San Ysidro Road. Follow San Ysidro to the 2nd traffic light at the intersection of East Valley Road. Turn left on East Valley Road. Continue about 1/3 mile to 1387 East Valley Road. Our entrance is demarcated by two white pillars. Turn left into our driveway.

Casa del Herrero

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.
Come and experience this gracious Montecito estate…

“Use well thy time.
Fast fly my hours.
Good work lives on.
The night brings rest.”

George Fox Steedman
Inscription on four sides of the sundial

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