Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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Built in 1929 in a Spanish-Moorish architectural design, the Santa Barbara County Courthouse is regarded as one of the most beautiful courthouses in the United States. It was designed by William Mooser III with an impressive red-tile roof, decorative embellishments, and intricate tilework.

The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is located in downtown Santa Barbara, and its magnificent architecture and historical significance make it a popular destination for visitors from all walks of life.

Over the years, the courtroom has held several significant political events, including speeches by presidents and other political luminaries. It represents the importance of justice and equal treatment for all, symbolizing the democratic process and the rule of law.

During a visit to Santa Barbara in 1962, the late President John F. Kennedy spoke to a crowd of approximately 20,000 people on the steps of the courthouse. Ronald Reagan, The former president and California governor was a frequent visitor to Santa Barbara, and he often used the courtroom as a backdrop for his speeches and activities.

Many renowned personalities like Oprah Winfrey, Katty Perry, and Tom Cruise have visited the county courthouse for multiple purposes. In the 1980s, the actor Tom Cruise filmed a sequence for his film 'Top Gun' in the courtroom, which featured him running up the steps to the famous clock tower.

Things to do at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Visit the Clock Tower: The clock tower, which offers spectacular views of the city and the Santa Ynez Mountains, is one of the county courthouse's major attractions. There are no entry charges. Visitors can walk a winding staircase to the top of the tower and enjoy panoramic views from the observation deck.

Explore the Mural Room: The Mural Room includes beautiful murals depicting scenes from Santa Barbara's history, which is another popular sight at the courtroom. The space is accessible to the general public and is frequently used for weddings and other special occasions.

Go Sightseeing: Santa Barbara County Courthouse provides guided tours, performances, and outdoor films are just a few of the events that visitors can take part in at the courtroom throughout the summer.

Take a tour of Sunken Garden: The courthouse's Sunken garden, which has a tranquil pond, the Koi Pond, filled with colorful koi fish, surrounded by lush vegetation and a variety of sculptures. The garden features a variety of sculptures, including a bronze statue of Father Junipero Serra, the founder of the California mission system.

Click Pictures: The beautiful building and colorful tiles, as well as the lively gardens and panoramic views from the clock tower, make for excellent photo opportunities at the courthouse.

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Address of Santa Barbara County Courthouse

1100 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2099

Opening & Closing time of Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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