Casa de la Guerra

Image of Casa de la Guerra courtyard.

This adobe residence was constructed between 1818 and 1828 by José de la Guerra, the fifth comandante of the Presidio. In addition to his military post, de la Guerra acquired four large ranchos, ran an active commercial trade enterprise and served as the patriarch for the local community. His home was the social, political, and cultural center of Santa Barbara during the Mexican period. José’s children and grandchildren occupied the building until 1943, when the Casa was fully incorporated into the El Paseo complex. In the 1990s, the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation restored the building to its appearance between 1828 and 1858, and now operates the building as a historic house museum.

Your museum visit includes displays about the history of the de la Guerra family and the architectural history of the house. We have furnished several rooms to reflect the daily life of the de la Guerra family in the mid-19th century. Two rooms are devoted to changing art and historical exhibits on various aspects of local history and California’s Hispanic heritage. You can find out what will be on display during your visit, here


Casa de la Guerra is a popular site for community and private events. Each year SBTHP produces free educational programs for the community in the Casa Courtyard including Día de los Muertos Craft Day and Una Noche de Las Posadas. You can check our calendar to see what is coming up! To inquire about using the Casa for your own event, click here


15 East De la Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, California


Currently Closed.


$5 for adults, $4 for seniors (62+), Free for SBTHP members and children 16 & under. Includes admission to El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park.


To arrange a guided tour or for more information contact SBTHP at (805) 965-0093.