Structure Type: built works - public buildings - courthouses

Designers: Barber, P.J., Architect (firm); Peter Josiah Barber (architect)

Dates: constructed 1873

2 stories

Santa Barbara, CA

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This second courthouse for Santa Barbara County was placed behind the first, a mid-nineteenth-century adobe building erected for Euro-American pioneer, John Kayes. The County of Santa Barbara utilized the former Kayes Store as its courthouse from 1855 until the completion of this second facility in 1873.

Building History

Architect Peter J. Barber (1830-1905), who had previously worked in Sacramento, CA, on the design of the State Capitol Building #6, arrived in Santa Barbara in 1869.


This second Santa Barbara County Courthouse was razed after it sustained damage in the Santa Barbara Earthquake of 06/29/1925. This large temblor did significant damage to the Courthouse #2, Hall of Records, County Jail, and many other unreinforced masonry buildings in town.

PCAD id: 7942