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Santa Barbara and the Central Coast Sights

Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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

Updated 05/04/2014

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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, part of a rebuilding process after a 1925 earthquake destroyed many downtown structures. At the time, Santa Barbara was also in the midst of a cultural awakening, and the trend was toward an architectural style appropriate to the area's climate and history. The result is the harmonious Mediterranean–Spanish look of much of the downtown area, especially the municipal buildings. An elevator rises to an arched observation area in the courthouse tower that provides a panoramic view of the city. 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 10–4:30. Free guided tours Mon., Tues., Wed., and Fri. at 10:30, daily at 2

Updated 05/04/2014


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