Happy 90th Anniversary to the Casa del Herrero

Posted on Jun 25 by SEASONS Magazine

Casa Del Herrero, courtesy photo

Casa Del Herrero, courtesy photo

“The community is so fortunate to have preserved a gem such as Casa del Herrero, open for the enjoyment and enrichment of all.”

—Founding Casa del Herrero Board Member Joan Jackson

Casa del Herrero is a privately owned, 11-acre estate that is open to the public as a historic museum, home and garden. A little-known fact about the estate is that it shares an anniversary with the Santa Barbara Earthquake of June 29, 1925. This was the day that George Fox Steedman, an industrialist from St. Louis, was set to move into the estate. After the earthquake struck at 2 a.m., Steedman got a ride to the site, probably fearful that he would find his new home in ruins. Miraculously, despite the catastrophic 6.8 magnitude of the earthquake that had devastated other Santa Barbara structures, he arrived to find Casa del Hererro standing in one piece with not so much as a single crack.

Casa del Herrero, courtesy photo.

Casa del Herrero, courtesy photo.

Today, at the distinguished age of 90, Casa del Herrero stands in much the same condition as it did in 1925. In celebration, the Casa hosts a series of intimate theme parties throughout the year. The ultimate party will be held on the 90th anniversary of the estate, Sunday, June 28 from 4 to 7 p.m.

The festivities won’t end here, though! The anniversary party will be followed by even more gatherings, all leading up to the Casa’s signature event, Christmas at the Casa in December.

“We intend to celebrate the long history of the Casa to the fullest!” says Executive Director, Molly Barker. “It is an honor to take part in the preservation of such a unique and significant historical estate in its maturity: our challenging mission is to assure it will remain a treasure and a resource for future generations.”

For more information on Casa del Herrero or purchase tickets to the Casa’s 90th Birthday, visit their website or call 805/565-5653.

—Natalie Ochsner

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