Santa Barbara Courthouse

Since 1850 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 or grounds; and hundreds get married in the Mural Room or in the Garden every year. The County Board of Supervisors ordered the construction of this now historic courthouse in 1926, after the smaller Greek-Revival courthouse was damaged in an earthquake the previous year.

The building was dedicated on August 14, 1929 with a ceremonial setting of a bronze medallion, provided by the Native Sons of the Golden West, in a mixture of water from each of the California Missions, sand and gravel from each California County, and cement from local resources; all on the main stage with a packed crowd of residents and visitors looking on during the 1929 celebration of Old Spanish Days.


Welcome to the official site of the Santa Barbara Courthouse

On your visit, see...

  1. -The Mural Room (2nd Flr)

  2. -The Law Library (2nd Flr)

  3. -Hall of Records

  4. -The Grounds

  5. -Observation (view) Tower CLOSED UNTIL JUNE 2015

Courthouse Location...

1100 Anacapa Street

Santa Barbara, CA  93101

Open to the Public...

Week day hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Weekend hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Open all U.S. holidays except Christmas Day.

While admission is FREE, a donation is suggested to help with conservation projects.

Events at the Courthouse...

For inside events contact the County General Services Depart. and outdoor events contact County Parks.

Public Tour Information

(link to Courthouse Docents)

For information about this site, please contact: Thank You.