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.



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



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



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




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.


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


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



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




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


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


Special thanks to my very patient friends 🙂


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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