Casa de la Guerra Santa Barbara

There are so many sights and attractions around Santa Barbara that it can be difficult knowing which ones should definitely make your itinerary while you’re in town. Those who have a particular love for history won’t have any trouble finding it throughout the city. The former residence of José de la Guerra, the fifth commendant of the Presidio, is the perfect example of this. Casa de la Guerra is not only very accessible in its downtown location, but it’s also one of the best places to view a big part of the area’s past.

Historical Background

The Spanish-style Casa de la Guerra in Santa Barbarawas built from 1819-1827 and is designed to give visitors a firsthand glimpse into what it was like to live in Santa Barbara centuries ago. The historic house museum has been honored by being recognized as a city and California landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well.

What to Do Doing Your Visit

The Casa de la Guerra museum is open Friday-Sunday from 12PM-4PM. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and free for children 16 and under. Guided tours are available, which will go over all the unique displays featured in the home. While most of the rooms are set up to show what daily life was like for the de la Guerra family and many others in the mid-19th century, there are a couple rooms set aside to highlight rotating exhibits on California’s Hispanic heritage and the area’s local history. Several educational, community, and private events are held at Casa de la Guerra throughout the year, includingweddings. A Casa de la Guerra Santa Barbara wedding offers incredible views, as well as a unique attraction for guests to walk through while at the reception!

By Eugene Zelenko (thanks to my friends Nickolov family for generous help and company) – Own work, GFDL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3447687

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