Our One-of-a-Kind Courthouse: A Santa Barbara Treasure (Two-part series)

Join us from your living room for a two-part series as urban design architect and historic preservation advocate David DeSelm shares the fascinating history of our one-of-a-kind Courthouse. Learn how losing an architectural design contest was one of the best things to happen to Santa Barbara and what inspired community leaders to decide that the Courthouse should be designed in the architectural style of southern Spain. Historic photos will illustrate the intriguing timeline of this incredible building.

Then we’ll look at key events and people who shaped the Spanish image of Santa Barbara, the unique and quirky design elements that make the Courthouse so special, and the creativity of two architects whose talents produced such an extraordinary building. We will also learn how the Courthouse got its National Historic Landmark designation.

Co-hosted by Santa Barbara Historical Museum 

Watch both parts on YouTube now

Part one -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldyXBnqA85s&t=7s

Part two - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTa1O5yLVT8


Did You Know...

The Santa Barbara Courthouse is actually comprised of four individual structures connected by an arch or bridge.