Some friends and I went to see the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, one of my favorite buildings in this city. We took a guided tour and learned enough historical details to play Santa Barbara Trivial Pursuit. The tour began in the Mural Room, which was painted by a famous American illustrator, but flash photos were not permitted in that room, so the only good shot I got was of the ceiling, which was done by a famous Italian painter. From what the tour guide said, no expense was spared when they built this courthouse, bringing in famous architects and painters and importing materials such as the many painted tiles.
The corridor to the right of the rose window.
Looking out over the Sunken Garden from the corridor along the back part of the U.
Posing in a little alcove of unknown purpose. I love the way the handles on the window are perfectly lined up to make my friend look like Princess Leia...
One of the last public pay telephones in existence. Hello?
Here is the view on the ocean side of the tower in a video.
And finally, 360 degree view from the tower.