After the great earthquake of 1925 ruined much of the city, an opportunity arose to give this beloved city by the sea something that would reflect the areas culture and beauty; something that would both honor and impress its residents. Designed in Spanish-Moorish style and completed in 1929, the Santa Barbara Courthouse is now one of the main tourist attractions on a visit to the American Riviera.
One of the most beautiful government buildings in all of the United States, the Santa Barbara Courthouse is a working courthouse, but visitors are encouraged to explore what its grounds hold in store for them. Here you’ll find the Sunken gardens where many weddings take place, an elevator to the 85-foot “El Mirador” clock tower for a panoramic view of downtown Santa Barbara, many hand-painted rooms full of detail (including the fantastic Mural Room), the Spirit of the Ocean fountain, and many wrought-iron hand-rails and window coverings which make the courthouse what it is – spectacular.
Guided tours are available Monday - Saturday at 2:00 p.m., and Monday, Tuesday, and Friday at 10:30 a.m. The Santa Barbara Courthouse is open weekdays from 8:00 am – 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tours are free except for some groups.
Phone: (805) 962-6464