Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player




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. Call our office at 805-565-5653.

We invite you to come experience this graceful Montecito estate ... 



90 years ago this June, the young downtown of Santa Barbara was dealt a swift blow by the Great Santa Barbara Earthquake of 1925. 

Awakened abruptly, George Fox Steedman, staying at the downtown Santa Barbara Club while the  finishing touches were made on his new home in nearby Montecito, got a ride to take him to the site where he might have half-feared he'd find the efforts of the past 2 years in a great pile of rubble.

But to his great relief, there stood the enchanting Casa del Herrero, not so much as a single crack to be found. The story goes that Steedman actually moved in that very day.

Casa Facade

You are invited to help us 'shake it up' in celebration of the Casa's (and the Earthquake's) 90th birthdays! Check back with us for details, but save the date now - Sunday, June 28, 2015!




Party All Year Event!

Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch

Casa del Herrero’s very first family-friendly Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt in the gardens of the Casa was a roaring success!

An abundance of fresh fare served al fresco (with hand-squeezed, Casa orange juice Mimosas for the adults) was designed to the tastes of both little and larger people. Children were captivated with special games, prizes, and hand-made craft projects on this day of family fun at the Casa.

 Tickets were SOLD OUT for this event.


Wonder why our visitors give us such high ratings?

Ask Trip Advisor! 

"A gem of Montecito" May 1, 2015 - A TripAdvisor Traveler Read 102 reviews of Casa del Herrero



Thank you for your vision and generosity.



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