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 Party is Right Around the Corner!
Casa del Herrero's annual holiday celebration is coming up soon!
Please join us at the Casa for a wonderful evening of hors d'oeuvre and cocktails by the fire as Casa del Herrero is dressed up for the holiday season! Space sells out very quickly so make sure to get your name on the list today.
Please see our events page for more information on reservations and prices!
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.
We look forward to completing these improvements in mid-November. This long-awaited project relies on the generous contributions from the following businesses and individuals. We cannot thank them enough for making this possible!
GATE UPDATE: With completion of our new gate approaching, we are currently booking tours from November 4th and thereafter.