Tours sponsored by
The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara
SANTA BARBARA ON FOOT
Experience Santa Barbara, its' architecture and its' past in a unique and personal way. Join in a small-group walking tour of the downtown area. Led by trained Docents of the Architectural Foundation, the tour focuses on architectural styles, historic buildings, aesthetics, past and present building usage and landscaping history. Discover why Santa Barbara is so often called "The Riviera of America"
OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
They'll lead you to hidden courtyards, secret fountains and original adobes. Photographic opportunities abound and their leisurely pace invites relaxed enjoyment. View at first hand varying architectural traditions and appreciate close up Santa Barbara's hallmarks: Hand made tiles, wrought iron detailing, stonework, balconies, doorways, arches and fragrant plantings.
See the historic de la Guerra Adobe, El Paseo, the Hill-Carrillo Adobe, the Meridian Studios, the Lobero Theatre and much, much more. Hear the rich anecdotal history of these buildings, their designers, and their builders. Learn what created the stunning transformation that forever changed Santa Barbara from ordinary to extraordinary:
STROLL THROUGH TO THE PRESENT
Celebrate the rich heritage left by the first Mexican settlers and those giants of Southern California Architecture Morgan, George Washington Smith, Reginald Johnson, Joseph Plunkett and many others. Catch up today with modern interpretations of Moorish/Mediterranean tradition.
WHERE HOW WHEN
Tours leave from the centrally located de la Guerra Plaza (watch for the docent holding the walking tour sign) Saturdays at 10 a.m and Sundays at 10a.m. at the Santa Barbara Library on Anapamu St. Adjacent parking is available. Walks are an easy stroll and take about two hours. Bring your camera and the children. Children under 12 are free and should be accompanied by an adult. Please no strollers or young children. Walking shoes and suntan lotion or a hat are recommended Tours for private groups and the physical challenged by arrangement. $10.00 per person:
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