PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Volunteers Who Love Gardens, Antiques, and History Wanted to Lead Tours of Historic Montecito Home

Casa del Herrero Docent Program begins January 19, 2012

Volunteers with an interest in antiques and history are wanted to lead walking tours of Casa del Herrero (House of the Blacksmith), a National Historic Landmark in Montecito.

Designed by noted architect George Washington Smith and completed in 1925, it is considered one of the finest examples of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture in the country. It is filled with art, antiques, and furniture collected by the original owners, and surrounded by extensive gardens.

Docents are trained to lead 90 minute walking tours including the home, gardens and owner George Fox Steedman’s meticulously ordered workshop, all preserved in circa 1930s condition.

Docent Training begins on Thursday, January 19 and continues weekly through March 22 on Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Classes are led by local designers and historians as well as Casa volunteers.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the work of a noted architect, antiques, landscape design, Spanish history and design, and the Steedman family who lived here for over 60 years,” notes the Casa’s visitor and volunteer coordinator Susannah Gordon.

For more information about this volunteer opportunity, please call Susannah at (805) 565-5653 or e-mail

The Casa del Herrero Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization.

What: Volunteer Docent Training

Who: Casa del Herrero Foundation

Where: Historic Casa del Herrero Estate, Montecito, CA

When: January 19 to March 22, 2012; Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Contact: Susannah Gordon, Visitor & Volunteer Coordinator

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