Architecture of commercial and residential buildings in Santa Barbara
After a 6. 8 earthquake in 1925, most of the buildings in Santa Barbara followed a strict architectural style of Spanish influences. Come enjoy a tour of many of these historical buildings including the County Courthouse built in a Spanish Colonial Revival style, the Spanish-Moorish influenced Granada Theatre, the Arlington Theatre (Mission Revival) and the "Queen of the Missions", built it 1786.
This tour will accommodate your group of up to six travelers.
The first stop will be the Presidio, built in 1782, followed by the Santa Barbara Courthouse, where we will stroll the grounds and go up to the tower for the 360 degree view.
We will then walk one block to the Granada Theatre, followed by another block to the Arlington Theatre.
We will then drive one mile to the Santa Barbara Mission. After seeing the Mission, we will see the houses designed by renowned architect Mary Osbourne Craig. Then we will drive down Garden Street and pass by one of George Washington Smith's masterpieces, then the Crocker Row houses. Other turn of the century mansions will be pointed out, including El Nido (The Nest), and travelers will learn how three city blocks came to be city parks. We will travel towards the "Funk Zone" where we will visit Santa Barbara's famous Morten Bay Fig Tree, planted in 1874 by Adelaide Crabbe.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection
End Point Options: Address or Intersection, Suggested by Guide: End point will be at the place designated by travelers.
Duration: 2 hours
My white Dodge Journey 2016 SUV.
- Guiding Services
- Private Transportation
Estimated Local Cash Needed
No cash is needed for this tour
- Personal Expenses
- Food, Drinks, Snacks
Pets ok but no smoking
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The Santa Barbara Historical Buildings tour led by Meredith was a highlight of my visit to this beautiful town. Meredith was gracious, energetic and extremely knowledgeable. She went above and beyond, even taking me to get an organic green juice. The tour itself was just right. I was traveling alone and wanted a short tour so that I could get to see a bit of Santa Barbara before leaving. I went away with historical knowledge, great photos and a desire to revisit this beautiful town. Thank you, Meredith!