Preserving Santa Barbara’s History

On the day of the great 1925 earthquake, George Fox Steedman was visiting Santa Barbara from St. Louis, Missouri, reviewing […more…]

Casa del Herrero

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(805) 565-5653
Executive Director: Jessica Tade, PhD

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For me, Casa del Herrero is a ‘family affair.’ My mother-in-law, Joan, introduced me to the Casa soon after we moved to Santa Barbara in 1995. She was friends with the Steedman family and worked with several generous individuals to convert the fabulous estate into a museum for the public to enjoy,” said longtime supporter and former Board President Susan Jackson. “I remain captivated by the Spanish Revival architecture and admire owner George Fox Steedman’s attention to detail, and all that he created in his amazing workshop. My other favorite part of being involved is the friendships with the dedicated group of people who serve there. It is rewarding to support a living museum that brings inspiration to many people.

The Casa Collaborates

Collaboration is a key component of the Casa’s work. From nonprofit partnerships to local youth and school group visits, the community is able to engage with the preservation and creative aspects of the estate through educational and artistic activities. The Garden Club of Santa Barbara is a frequent partner in the preservation of the Casa’s beautiful garden spaces. Additionally, the Casa has a continued relationship with the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County’s Backyard Bounty program, welcoming volunteers to harvest fruit to be given to those most in need throughout the county.

Casa del Herrero relies on various annual fundraising avenues including a February membership drive, the Feria Andalusia art show and garden fair, and Christmas at the Casa, a special event with the George Washington Smith house decorated in holiday finery. As Santa Barbara remains resilient after tragedy including devastating fires, mudslides and now the pandemic, Tade is keenly aware that the future of the estate resides in connecting and collaborating with other community institutions. “As they say, ‘a rising tide carries all boats,’” she says. “Collaborating with other community nonprofits, volunteers, and the Casa’s family of donors, continues the positive trajectory of our mission while allowing our good work to soar.” 

Board of Trustees

Casa del Herrero board members are engaged volunteers who provide leadership in stewarding the historic house museum and gardens. Through their combined experience and enthusiasm, the board works to preserve the Casa’s history in service to the local community.

Karen Jones Clark
President
Robert E. Williams
Vice President
Christopher C. Hardy, CPA
Treasurer
Heather Biles
Secretary
Board Members:
Chris Blau
John P. Duffy
Marc Normand Gelinas
Albert P. Hinckley, Jr.
Emily Jones
Jennifer Kelly
Mari McAlister
Janet McCann
Elizabeth Storm McGovern
Fran Morrow, PhD
Annalisa Hinckley Savin
Meghan Stoll
Katherine Pharibe Wise
George S. Bass
Founding Trustee