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Santa Barbara County Courthouse, Santa Barbara

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Architectural Building · Historic Site
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Not just any old government structure, Santa Barbara County Courthouse is a four-building Spanish-Moorish complex with plenty to see beyond courtrooms. As you wander the 14,000 sq m (150,000 sq ft), you can view the Mural Room, Law Library, and Hall of Records. Climb the Bell Tower to see the inner workings of the old clock--and to take photos from this famous observation deck. The courthouse's interior might surprise you with its intense colors, bodacious tiles, and bold lighting. Its gardens feature trees from more than 25 countries and are a popular place for weddings. You can plan Santa Barbara trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • This is such a beautiful building that you are welcome to walk through for free. Walk along all of the floors and really look at the details. it's beautiful. Would be a really nice place for a wedding 
    This is such a beautiful building that you are welcome to walk through for free. Walk along all of the floors and really look at the details. it's beautiful. Would be a really nice place for a wedding  more »
  • Breathtaking views of surrounding Santa Barbara and amazing to see the 18th century clock mechanism up close. The beautiful doors of the courthouse - all reminiscent of Spanish architecture! I would.....  more
    Breathtaking views of surrounding Santa Barbara and amazing to see the 18th century clock mechanism up close. The beautiful doors of the courthouse - all reminiscent of Spanish architecture! I would.....  more »
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  • I never look for locations in movies and TV shows, but as a Psych fan I took advantage of a business trip nearby to find this building. I was somewhat surprised the show took the theme of this building and included it in the police station scenes. This was an enjoyable stop. I walked around the building for pictures and enjoyed the gardens in the back. Signs said the building was closed, but upon walking to the entrance in the overhang, guards motioned me inside. There is a tower you can reach after a few flights of stairs. At the top you have a wonderful panoramic view of Santa Barbara with displays explaining some landmarks. I walked parts of the building enjoying the architecture of a functioning county court building. The courtroom was open and available for public viewing. This was a fun stop I ordinarily would not do.
  • It is deemed the Most Beautiful Government Building in the country for a reason! This building was built in 1929 after the 1925 destroyed most of the city. We took the self guided tour and there are guided tours available. The architecture and details were so beyond beautiful. These pictures don’t even do it justice. The Law Library rivals anything seen in Europe. A must is to climb the clock tower stairs (or take the elevator) for the amazing 365 views. Many people get married here in the Sunken Gardens on the property.

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