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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


Upcoming Events

Croquet & Croque-Monsieur

 Sunday, April 13, 2014

 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Croquet at the Casa

Croquet, you say? Come learn to play from renowned croquet professional Jay Campbell in the Casa’s lovely east garden!

This leisurely afternoon of sporting also includes a guided tour of the Casa, delectable croque-monsieur sandwiches, and refreshing Pimm’s Cup cocktails.

This event is now sold out.


 May is Public Gardens Appreciation
Month in Santa Barbara

May 2, 2014
10 a.m. to noon


May 9, 2014
10 a.m. to noon

  Seed Sowing for the Summer Garden

  Learn techniques for starting plants from
  seed, caring for seedlings, and transplanting...
  Then take home some seedlings for
  your own garden!

  This two-hour class will be taught by the
  Casa's own Executive Director, Molly Barker.
  Come meet Molly, get your hands in the dirt,
  and start something fun in your yard!

  Class fee includes materials:
    $40 / person for non-members
    $35 / person for Casa members

  Advance registration required.
  To sign up, please call (805) 565-5653, or:

Select date:

May 9, 2014
5 to 7:30 p.m.

  Garden Party for Casa Members

  Our annual evening garden walk for Casa
  members ... Celebrate National Public
  Gardens Day by coming on over and
  enjoying refreshments and cocktails in
  the Casa's gardens at the most beautiful
  time of day!

  We'll be serving up ice-cold limoncello
  made from the organic lemons grown
  in the Casa's own orchard!

  This event is free for all Casa members, but
  you must reserve your spots in advance.

  To RSVP, please call (805) 565-5653 or

May 16, 2014
10 to 11:30 a.m.


May 30, 2014
10 to 11:30 a.m.

  Garden Design: Less is Moorish

  A special tour of the Casa's gardens, led by
  by Molly Barker, the Casa's Executive Director.

  Molly will speak about the Casa's important
  place within the Golden Age of American
  Gardens and the incorporation of  
  Spanish/Moorish style elements in the
  Casa's garden design.

    $20 / person for non-members
    $10 / person for Casa members

  Advance reservations required.
  To sign up, please call (805) 565-5653, or:

Select date:
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1387 East Valley Road, Santa Barbara, CA  93108
Phone - 805-565-5653 Fax - 805-969-2371
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