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Historic Walking Tour of Santa Barbara

Welcome to the Historic Walking Tour of Santa Barbara, sponsored by the Santa Barbara Conservancy. This audio tour will take you to some of the most architecturally significant structures in downtown Santa Barbara and will introduce you to the diverse influences that have shaped the look of our town.

The tour is clearly outlined below and on a printable map available on this website. The tour sites are numbered on the map in a suggested order for your walk. Please respect any private dwellings listed on the tour. The owners of businesses along the Walking Tour appreciate your patronage.

We will begin the tour at the corner of State and Ortega Streets.

Listen to a short tour introduction before getting started!
1. 629 State Street - The Fithian Building
1 Fithian Now Fithian Then
2. Storke Placita
2 Storke Placita Now
3. Plaza De la Guerra
3 Plaza De La Guerra Now Plaza De La Guerra Overview
4. 715 Anacapa Street - The Santa Barbara News-Press Building
4 SB News-Press Now SB News-Press Then
5. 746 State Street - McKay Building
5 McKay Building Now McKay Building Then
6. 735 Anacapa Street - Santa Barbara City Hall
6 City Hall Now City Hall Then
7. 15 East De La Guerra Street - Casa De La Guerra
7 Casa de la Guerra Now Casa de la Guerra Then
8. 23 East De La Guerra Street - Oreña Store
8 Orena Store Now Oren Store Then
9. 27-29 East De La Guerra Street - Oreña Adobes
9 Orena Adobe Now Orena Adobe Then
10. 812 State Street - El Paseo
10 El Paseo Now El Paseo Then
  El Paseo Interior Now El Paseo Interior Then
11. Paseo to Anacapa Street
11 El Paseo Passage Now El Paseo Passage Then
12. 836 Anacapa Street - Santa Barbara Post Office
13. Canon Perdido Street
13 Canon Perdido Street  
14. 122 East Canon Perdido Street - El Cuartel
14 El Cuartel Now El Cuartel Then
15. 126 East Canon Perdido Street - Jimmy's Oriental Gardens
15 Jimmy's Oriental Gardens Now Jimmy's Oriental Gardens Then
16. 834 Santa Barbara Street - Moullet House
16 Moullet House Now  
17. 123 East Canon Perdido Street - El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park
17 El Presidio SHP Now El Presidio SHP Overview
18. 33 East Canon Perdido Street - Lobero Theatre
18 Lobero Theatre Now Lobero Theatre Then
19. 914 Anacapa Street - Cota-Knox House
19 Cota Knox House Now Cota Knox House Then
20. 924 Anacapa Street - Margaret Baylor Inn—Lobero Building
20 Lobero Building Now Lobero Building Then
21. 100 East Carrillo Street - Santa Barbara Recreation Center
21 SB Carrillo Rec Center Now SB Carrillo Rec Center Then
22. Santa Barbara Recreation Center Gymnasium
22 SB Rec Center Gym Now  
23. 27 East Carrillo Street - Little Town Club
23 Little Town Club Now Little Town Club Then
24. 21 East Carrillo Street - Mihran Studios
24 Mirhan Studios Now Mirhan Studios Then
25. 11-15 East Carrillo Street - The Hill-Carrillo Adobe
25 Hill Carrillo Now Hill Carrillo Then
26. South Side of Carrillo Street
26 South Side Carrillo Now South Side Carrillo Then
27. 1000 State Street - Montecito Bank & Trust
27 Montecito Bank & Trust Now Montecito Bank & Trust Then
28. The 900 Block of State Street
28 900 Block of State Now 900 Block of State Then
29. The 800 Block of State Street
29 800 Block of State Now 800 Block of State Then
30. The 700 Block of State Street
30 700 Block of State Now 700 Block of State Then

Thanks to the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation and Santa Barbara Historical Museum Gledhill Library for use of historic photos of select tour sites.

Special thanks to tour narrator Luis Moreno and sound engineer Karen Pelland.

The Santa Barbara Conservancy would also like to express its gratitude to Jean and Bob Liston and their son, musician Stephen Liston (1957-2008), for the use of his accompanying music.

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