Historic Sites and Points of Interest in Santa Barbara County

Mission Santa Barbara
Mission Santa Barbara
Photographed 13 March 2017
 

The first permanent European residents in Santa Barbara were Spanish missionaries and soldiers who arrived in 1782 to build the Royal Spanish Presidio. Many Spaniards brought their families and built a cluster of adobe houses around the Presidio. The Santa Barbara Mission was established in 1786.

Today, Santa Barbara is a grand Spanish Colonial city that appears to have grown naturally from its founding. This is not the case. At the end of the 19th century, Santa Barbara was a typical American Victorian town, with little distinction.

Prior to 1920, most buildings in Santa Barbara County were Victorian or Gothic, a style transplanted by easterners. Developers threatened what remained of the original adobe buildings.

In 1922, the Community Arts Association was established with the mission of transforming downtown Victorian façades into Spanish façades. Many property owners resisted, and progress was slow.

On June 29, 1925, a 6.3 Richter-scale earthquake struck the city, killing twelve. Almost every building in the downtown commercial core was destroyed or badly damaged. Civic leaders realized that this was the opportunity to rebuild and establish the signature Spanish Colonial style.

Name Address City Year Authority ID Sort Address Sort Name
Acacia Lodge109 Miramar AvenueMontecito1917National1997000750Miramar 0109Acacia Lodge
Andalucia Building316-324 State StreetSanta Barbara1911National1999001592State 0316Andalucia Building
Burton Mound129 West Mason StreetSanta BarbaraCalifornia306Mason 0129 West Burton Mound
Casa Covarrubias715 Santa Barbara StreetSanta Barbara1817California308Santa Barbara 0715Casa Covarrubias
Casa del Herrero1387 East Valley RoadMontecitoNational1987000002Valley 1387Casa del Herrero
Chapel of San Ramon6603 Foxen Canyon RoadSisquoc1875California877FoxenChapel of San Ramon
De la Guerra Plaza15 East de la Guerra StreetSanta BarbaraCalifornia307Guerra 0015De la Guerra Plaza
El Paseo and Casa de la Guerra15 East de la Guerra StreetSanta Barbara1819National1977000346Guerra 0015El Paseo and Casa de la Guerra
Faith Mission409 State StreetSanta Barbara1889National1982002269State 0409Faith Mission
Gaviota PassUS 101 North-Bound Gaviota Rest StopGaviota California248Highway 101Gaviota Pass
Goleta Depot300 North Los Carneros RoadGoletaNational2001001457Los Carneros 300Goleta Depot
Gonzalez House835 Laguna StreetSanta BarbaraNational1970000149Laguna 0835Gonzalez House
Herschell Carousel223 East Cabrillo BoulevardSanta BarbaraNational2000000363Cabrillo 0223Herschell Carousel
Hill-Carrillo Adobe11 East Carrillo StreetSanta Barbara1826California721Carrillo 0011 East Hill-Carrillo Adobe
Hill-Carrillo Adobe11 East Carrillo StreetSanta Barbara1826National1986000778Carrillo 0011 East Hill-Carrillo Adobe
Hope House399 Nogal DriveGoleta1875National1978000783Nogal 0399Hope House
Hotel Virginia17 and 23 West Haley StreetSanta Barbara1916National2000000295Haley 0017Hotel Virginia
Janssens-Orella-Birk Building1029-1031 State StreetSanta BarbaraNational1987001170State 1029Janssens-Orella-Birk Building
La Carpinteria950 Maple AvenueCarpinteria1769California535Maple 095La Carpinteria
Lompoc Public Library200 South H StreetLompoc1911National1990001818 Street H 0200Lompoc Public Library
Los Banos del Mar401 Shoreline DriveSanta BarbaraNational1992001726Shoreline 0401 Los Banos del Mar
Madulce Guard Station and Site40 Miles North of Santa BarbaraLos Padres National ForestNational1979000547Madulce Guard Station and Site
Minerva Club of Santa Maria127 West Boone StreetSanta Maria1928National1984001193Boone 0127Minerva Club of Santa Maria
Mission La Purísima2295 Purisima RoadLompocCalifornia340Purisima 2295Mission La Purísima
Mission La Purísima2295 Purisima RoadLompocNational1970000147Purisima 2295Mission La Purísima
Mission La Purísima MarkerHighway 246Lompoc1787California340Highway 246Mission La Purísima Marker
Mission La Purísima MarkerHarris Grade Road at Rucker RoadLompoc1787California340HarrisMission La Purísima Marker
Mission Santa Barbara2201 Laguna StreetSanta BarbaraNational1966000237Laguna 2201 Mission Santa Barbara
Mission Santa Barbara Historical ParkAlameda Padre SerraSanta BarbaraCalifornia309Alameda Padre SerraMission Santa Barbara Historical Park
Mission Santa Inés 1760 Mission DriveSolvang California305Mission 1760 Mission Santa Inés
Mission Santa Inés 1760 Mission DriveSolvang National1999000630Mission 1760 Mission Santa Inés
Oil WellUnpaved Road off Rucker RoadLompocCalifornia582RuckerOil Well
Old Lobero Theatre33 East Canon Perdido StreetSanta BarbaraCalifornia361Canon Perdido 0033Old Lobero Theatre
Orena Adobe39 East de la Guerra StreetSanta BarbaraPOIGuerra 0039Orena Adobe
Original Mission La Purísima500 Block of South F Street at Railroad TracksLompoc1787California928 Street F S 0500Original Mission La Purísima
Original Mission La Purísima500 Block of South F Street at Railroad TracksLompoc1787National1978000775 Street F S 0500Original Mission La Purísima
Point Conception Light StationU.S. Coast Guard Light StationPoint ConceptionNational1981000176Point ComceptionPoint Conception Light Station
Rancho Los Alamos2900 State Route 135Los AlamosNational1970000148Highway 135Rancho Los Alamos
Royal Spanish Presidio of Santa Barbara 123 East Canon Perdido StreetSanta Barbara1782California636Canon PerdidoRoyal Spanish Presidio of Santa Barbara
Royal Spanish Presidio of Santa Barbara 123 East Canon Perdido StreetSanta Barbara1782National1973000455Canon PerdidoRoyal Spanish Presidio of Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Courthouse1100 Anacapa StreetSanta Barbara1929California1037Anacapa 1100 Santa Barbara County Courthouse
Santa Barbara County Courthouse1100 Anacapa StreetSanta Barbara1929National1981000177Anacapa 1100 Santa Barbara County Courthouse
Santa Barbara Main Post Office836 Anacapa StreetSanta Barbara1937National1985000138Anacapa 0836 Santa Barbara Main Post Office
Sexton House5490 Hollister AvenueGoleta1880National1991002033Hollister 5490 Sexton House
Southern Pacific Train Depot 209 State Street Santa Barbara1905National2006000658State 0209Southern Pacific Train Depot
Space Launch Complex 10Vandenberg Air Force BaseLompocNational1986003511VandenbergSpace Launch Complex 10
St. Vincent Orphanage and School925 De La Vina StreetSanta Barbara1874National1982002270De La Vina 0925 St. Vincent Orphanage and School
Stow House304 North Los Carneros RoadGoleta1873National2000001166Los Carneros 304Stow House
Trussell-Winchester Adobe412 West Montecito StreetSanta Barbara1854California559Montecito 0412Trussell-Winchester Adobe
Val Verde2549 Sycamore Canyon RoadMontecitoNational1995000359Sycamore Canyon 2549 Val Verde
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