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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.

We invite you to come experience this graceful 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


A great, big thank you to all who helped make
Just Plein Air 2014

a fabulous, sold-out success!

 Just Plein Air

Special thanks to our event Patrons and Sponsors:

- Patrons -

Elizabeth and Roy Edwards

Gretchen and Robert Lieff

NS Ceramic     Lieff Winery

- Sponsors -

Your Cake Baker     Santa Barbara Winery

Marc Appleton and Joanna Kerns

Gwen and Henry Baker

Keith C.  Berry

Laura and John Bridley

Jane and John Dailey

Judith and Ernest Getto

Margaret and Gregg Foster

Cynthia and John Hall

Chana and James Jackson

Mr. and Mrs. Palmer G. Jackson

Mr. and Mrs. Palmer Jackson, Jr.

Dr. and Mrs. Richard L. Kahler

Margaret and Barry Kemp

Bobbie and John Kinnear

Karen and Harry Kolb

Charlene and Tom Marsh

Gretchen and Marshall Milligan

Patti and Tom Monroe

Lynn Morris Contracting, Inc.

Hilary and William Niemann

Eileen and Charles Read

Barbara and Wayne Smith

Mr. Christopher J. Toomey

Ms. Dody Waugh

Carolyn and Bob Williams

Cheryl and Peter Ziegler

Joan and Gerhardt Zacher

©2014 Casa del Herrero Foundation
1387 East Valley Road, Santa Barbara, CA  93108
Phone - 805-565-5653 Fax - 805-969-2371
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