#1037 Santa Barbara County Courthouse


#1037 Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Site information:

1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara


Plaque information:

State plaque

Plaque text:

Santa Barbara County Courthouse

The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is one of America's finest representations of Spanish-Adalusian architecture in a public structure. It stands as the prized jewel of the county whose people it serves and whose visitors it delights. After the devastating earthquake of 1925, the county of Santa Barbara hired the William Mooser company to design a new home for county government. The building was competed in August 1929 at a cost of $1.3 million and is the culmination of community spirit, county leadership and the will of a people to express their historic roots. Architects, designers, artisans and craftsmen employed their talents in this building and the surrounding landscape with consummate levels of skill.

Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the office of the county architect, county parks, courthouse docent council and the Pearl Chase Society, March 16, 2004.

OHP description:

The Santa Barbara County Courthouse was constructed in 1929 and is a complex of four buildings occupying an entire city block in downtown Santa Barbara. It was designed by master architect William Mooser in the Spanish Colonial/Moorish Revival style. It is an extraordinary example of its style, with an elaborate array of detail emulating a Spanish castle or fortress.

Registered 8/8/2003