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Casa de la Guerra, Santa Barbara

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Historic Site Tourist Spot
This adobe residence was constructed between 1818 and 1828 by José de la Guerra, the fifth comandante of the Santa Barbara Presidio. In addition to his military post, de la Guerra ran an active commercial trade enterprise and served as a patriarch for the community. His home was the social, political, and cultural center of Santa Barbara during the Mexican period. Descendants of José continued to occupy the building until 1943, when the Casa was fully incorporated into the El Paseo complex. In the 1990s, SBTHP restored the building to its appearance between 1828 and 1858. Today, Casa de la Guerra is operated by the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation as a museum.
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  • This is an interesting restored historical site containing several rooms with exhibits and explanatory material. The staff was very helpful and friendly.  more »
  • Another of Santa Barbara's restored historic sites. This one was once the home of the renowned De La Guerra family during the old Spanish days. Quick to see and enjoy. It's about a 21 second walk abov...  more »
  • There are also historic vie to discover, as the soldiers were trained earlier, kitchen, cattle sheds
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  • My wife and I came upon this lovely historic building while on vacation near Santa Barbara a few years ago.
  • Open to public and situated in the heart of Old Town Santa Barbara. It was very neat to see but there where several homeless men sleeping on the grounds and in several rooms.
  • Great historic residence. hosts amazing events and parties. a hidden tasting room just opened inside.
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  • The museum is only open on weekends (12-4), but the admission price includes visiting the Presidio State Park that's 2 blocks away. What a deal!

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