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 ...
HELP CELEBRATE CASA'S BIG 90th BIRTHDAY!
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 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.
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 - the last weekend in June, 2015!