Thursday, June 9, 2011

Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Conservation - Preservation - Restoration
Santa Barbara Historic Landmark

Santa Barbara County Historic Courthouse

For almost 160 years this site has been the home of local government
and a place of civic pride and celebration.Constructed in 1926 after
the smaller Greek-Revival Courthouse was damaged in an
earthquake the previous year.

Named in honor of Saint Barbara, the courthouse complex is
comprised of four buildings totalling 150,000 square feet. 
A full basement contains mechanical equipment, parking and
storage. The jail wing is no longer used for prisoner holding.
When constructed in 1929 there were just two courtrooms located
in the Figueroa Wing, with other county government offices. 

The "Sunken Gardens" and the "Steps" are the venue for many of
Santa Barbara's wonderful events...Easter Services, Patriotic Pops
Concert on July 4th, Opening of Fiesta, Graduation Events and many
more civic and private events.  The Court House Gardens
and facilities are available for weddings and private events.
or call 805 568-3070

Restoration of the Santa Barbara Courthouse is being
spearheaded by the Santa Barbara Courthouse Legacy
Foundation. Formed in 2004 as a not-for-profit (501-C-3)
corporation, it is governed by a Board of Trustees.

The Spirit of the Ocean Fountain has been in critical need of replacement. 
Over the last five years or so of planning, fundraising and talent searching,
the carving is underway. Stop by and check out the progress for yourself.

 Monday-Saturday 7 am to 6 pm. 

(information and restoration photos from the Courthouse
and Legacy websites)

For more information on the restoration of the Clock Room,
the Mural Room Windows and Draperies visit the
Legacy Foundation Website.

The Court House offers Docent led tours Monday,
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 am. 
Tours begin in the Mural Room on the second floor.
Also:  Garden Tours are 10:30 am first and third
Saturday of the month
meet under large arch on Anacapa Street. 
Free.  962-6464

I proudly received my American Citizenship in the
Mural Room many years ago.
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