I <3 Architectural Details, Santa Barbara Edition

This weekend I had the opportunity to do some sightseeing in Santa Barbara. I toured the Historic Santa Barbara County Courthouse for the first time and it really blew me away.

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There were so many beautiful details, but I’ll just point out a few that really struck me. The passage doors were fantastic.

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There were flat panel doors with hand painted detail, intricate mullion doors, small multi raised panel doors and leather and wood studded doors.

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I also really loved the beautiful Spanish style tile work on the floors and staircases.

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The multi size terracotta tiles were punctuated with decorative Spanish style keys. The colors were olive green, terracotta, white, yellow and cobalt blue. Below is a basket-weave pattern and some decorative field and border tiles creating a base detail.

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There were many different scales including a more standard 6″ x 6″ size and and an octagon pattern, which was my favorite.

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I also really loved the ceiling details; the beams, hand painted designs and the archways made for very interesting and detailed corridors and entryways.

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The lighting was also exquisite, from the wrought iron pendants, sconces and chandeliers to the stained glass windows and leaded mullion doors.

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Along with these gorgeous chandeliers, this room featured 6,700 sq. ft. of hand painted murals.

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The outside was just as breathtaking, including the views from the clock tower that had a 360 degree view of the city.

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Special thanks to my very patient friends 🙂

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2 thoughts on “I <3 Architectural Details, Santa Barbara Edition

  1. Very nicely organized: doors, floors, lights, etc. Classic buildings like this are an asset to the cities in which they reside. Too bad you don’t remember your visit as an 8-year-old! (around that age anyways.) It was one of the coldest winters on record in Santa Barbara.

  2. Santa Barbara is a magical place. Its haciendas, villas, wine country, missions make this city a relaxing and soothing place. Perfect if you want to scape the city of LA. Its architecture is inspirational and amazing.

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