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Casa Del Herrero

Steedman Estate
Casa del Herrero is located in California
Casa del Herrero
Location 1387 E. Valley Rd., Montecito, California
Coordinates
Area 10.9 acres (4.4 ha)
Built 1925
Architectural style Colonial Revival, Other, Spanish Colonial Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 87000002[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP January 29, 1987[1]
Designated NHL January 16, 2009[2]

Casa del Herrero (also known as the Steedman Estate) is a home and gardens located in Montecito near Santa Barbara, California. It is an estate designed and constructed in the Spanish Colonial Revival Style architecture. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and made a National Historic Landmark on January 16, 2009.[2] Today the entire 11-acre (45,000 m2) site is owned and operated as a historic house museum and garden by the non-profit Casa del Herrero Foundation, with the goal of restoring and preserving the house and grounds.

History

Casa del Herrero ( 'House of the Blacksmith' ) was designed for George Fox Steedman and his wife, from St. Louis, by the renowned architect Spanish Colonial Revival architecture in America. 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.[3] In the 1930s his former associate Lutah Maria Riggs designed the jewel-like octagonal library addition for the Steedmans.

Steedman died in 1940, and his widow continued to live there until her death in 1962. Their daughter Medora Bass then lived at the Casa until her death in 1987. The foundation to operate the estate was created in 1993 by her son. Today Casa del Herrero is recognized as a masterpiece of the American Country Place era, rare with undiminished acreage and exceptional continuity of stewardship.[3]

Tours

Docent-led Tours of the Casa del Herrero house, gardens and workshop are available by reservation.[4] The Casa del Herrero Foundation offers the tours on Wednesday and Saturday, at 10 am and 2 pm. The address is 1387 East Valley Road, Montecito, CA 93108.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  2. ^ a b "Interior Secretary Kempthorne Designates 9 National Historic Landmarks in 9 States". Department of the Interior. 2009-01-16. 
  3. ^ a b "History from the Casa del Herrero website". Casadelherrero.com. Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
  4. ^ "tours". Casadelherrero.com. Retrieved 2012-09-12. 

External links

  • Official website
  • "Founding Father" by David Gebhard
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