For almost 160 years this site has been the home
of local government and a place of civic pride and celebration. Visitors from
around the world come to see the courthouse, mural room and grounds.
Hundreds get married in the Mural Room or in the Garden every year. The
County Board of
caused the construction of this, now historic courthouse in
1926, after the smaller Greek-Revival courthouse was damaged in an
earthquake of the previous year.
The courthouse complex is comprised of
four buildings totaling 150,000 square feet. There is a full basement that contains the
mechanical equipment, parking and storage. The Jail Wing is no longer used for
prisoner holding. The jail (upper part of aerial picture to the
upper-right) has a total of seven floors.
When constructed in 1929 there were just two
courtrooms located in the Figueroa Wing, with other county government offices. In 1967, when non-court
functions of county government moved into a new building across the street and the vacanted space was remodeled into additional court rooms and support
spaces for court functions.
Santa Barbara is named in honor of
Weddings at the Courthouse
So you are interested in having your wedding at the Santa Barbara
is some handy information that is a must read.
Courthouse Historic Landmarking
April 5, 2005 the Secretary of the Interior, the Hon. Gale Norton, signed
the designation memo officially naming the Santa Barbara Courthouse a
National Historic Landmark! updates.
Thanks to everyone who sent support
letters to the Park Service.
Past Restoration Projects
Mural Room Windows
The windows and draperies in the Mural Room are currently undergoing
restoration...the project will take about 3 weeks at a cost of $12,000.
Hall of Records:
The Hall of Records is undergoing an historic rehabilitation
that includes the the restoration of its skylight. The glass panels have
been restored in this historic skylight. Read More
Department One Ceiling:
The failing ceiling in one of two original courtrooms will finally
get the help it needs. Work is progressing at a steady pase Read
Courthouse Flagpole :
Update: The flagpole is up and looking proud. Rededication happened on
Monday, June 14, 2004. Flag Day. Read the details