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The Central Coast Sights

Santa Barbara County Courthouse

  • 1100 Anacapa St. Map It
  • Santa Barbara
  • Government Building
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 05/18/2015

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Hand-painted tiles and a spiral staircase infuse the courthouse, a national historic landmark, with the grandeur of a Moorish palace. This magnificent building was completed in 1929. An elevator rises to an arched observation area in the tower that provides a panoramic view of the city. Before or after you take in the view, you can (if it's open) visit an engaging gallery devoted to the workings of the tower's original, still operational Seth Thomas clock. The murals in the ceremonial chambers on the courthouse's second floor were painted by an artist who did backdrops for some of Cecil B. DeMille's films.

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1100 Anacapa St., at E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, California, 93101, United States

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  • Weekdays 8–4:45, weekends 10–4:45. Free guided tours weekdays at 10:30, daily at 2

Updated 05/18/2015


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