Explore Santa Barbara's Traditional Spanish Architecture

Santa Barbara is home to some of the most renowned Spanish Architecture in the United States. In Santa Barbara, things to do are endless and if you're interested in historic buildings, you've come to the right place. Though the massive earthquake of 1925 destroyed the majority of Santa Barbara, the beautiful buildings were rebuilt in their former glory. With countless structures to admire and tour, Santa Barbara bed and breakfasts offer a peaceful retreat from the excitement of a day of sightseeing.

Old Mission Santa Barbara
2201 Laguna Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 682-4713


The first amazing example of traditional Spanish architecture found in Santa Barbara, California is the Old Mission. Established in 1786 by Spanish Franciscans, the mission is currently the home of a community of friars who use the beautiful church and manage the active parish. The mission also hosts a small retreat center offering guest rooms, a kitchen and a dining room perfect for housing private guests engaging in one of many retreats the mission hosts throughout the year. When visiting the Old Mission, one can partake in a self guided or specialized tour to view the historic architecture, Spanish art, beautiful grounds and vistas, the mission garden, cemetery and visit the Old Mission museum and gift shop.

Santa Barbara Courthouse
1100 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 882-4520


The Santa Barbara Courthouse is a one hundred and fifty thousand square foot complex made up of four buildings that was constructed in 1929. Open to tours seven days a week, the Santa Barbara Courthouse contains a large variety of old Spanish furniture and paintings depicting Spanish history. The highlight of the Courthouse is the famed mural room. The four main elements displayed in the six thousand, seven hundred square foot room are the furniture, the tiling, the ceiling and the floor to ceiling murals. The murals depict scenes of California history, dealings with Indians and the building of the Courthouse. The Santa Barbara Courthouse is a popular location for a wedding as well. Whether in the beautifully manicured gardens or the stunning mural room, the Courthouse has a location suitable to any theme.

Montecito Inn
1295 Coast Village Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
(805) 969-7854


A building that not only displays the beauty of Spanish architecture but also lets you kick back and relax is the famed Montecito Inn. A Santa Barbara Inn that truly is all inclusive, this spot is prefect for couples and families alike. Built in 1928 by the legendary Charlie Chaplin as a retreat for his family and friends, the Montecito Inn is two blocks away from the unspoiled Butterfly Beach. A short walk away from local botiques, other historic displays of architecture and fine restaurants, the Montecito Inn offers all the elegance and quality that Santa Barbara has to offer. Offering a wide variety of rooms, this inn caters to all needs and party sizes. The Montecito Café located on the premises serves lunch, dinner and the bar offers guests cocktails and appetizers nightly. The Montecito Inn offers tourists the best of both worlds; the charm of traditional Spanish architecture combined with luxurious modern amenities and service.