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Casa de la Guerra, Santa Barbara

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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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  • In the heart of Santa Barbara, we found this House built in adobe at the beginning of its history. It has a U-shape as they did in ancient times. Today it is used especially for events, but on weekends remains open to travel it
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  • This traditional Spanish hacienda style quadrangle is an important historic building complex of the early Spanish conquest. Traditional adobe construction, the rooms look into an interior patio. There...  more »
  • This well preserved original dwelling is described in Two Years Before the Mast. It is a wonderful historical preservation. Don't miss the opportunity to go to a concert or play in the courtyard. Visi...  more »
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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.
  • 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!