Casa del Herrero – House of the Blacksmith

After months of anticipation, a group of our members finally visited Casa del Herrero in Montecito. The docent-guided tour included a short video and touring of the house, gardens and the workshop.
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Built in 1925 for George Steedman and his wife, Casa del Herreo was designed by architect George Washington Smith in a Southern Spanish – Andalusia style. The interaction between Mr. Steedman and the architect was quite interesting. Mr. Steelman was very involved in the design process. He would always compliment the architect’s design and gave his suggestions to make changes.  Everything, including the furniture, is original to the home, including some pieces crafted by Mr. Steedman. The woodwork, tile work, and metalwork are all incredible.
Since no photos were allowed inside the home and the workshop, we will share some photos from the gardens. The gardens are in the Beaux-Arts style. (There are 13 criteria for a Beaux-Arts garden.)

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We were touched by how Mr. Steedman had thoughtfully designed many details of the estate. One example is the space in the workshop for Mrs. Steedman to work on flowers. It was a way for the two of them to spend more time together. Casa del Herrero is a wonderful place to visit in the Santa Barbara area.

 

contributed by Michelle Chiang, CAPID, NKBA
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