About Courthouse Legacy Foundation

sunken gardensA view of the sunken garden which was built on the foundation of the old courthouse after it was destroyed by an earthquake in 1925.

Few structures are more recognizable than the Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Though it looks indestructible, in truth, this massive building is deteriorating from age, environment and public use.

The County of Santa Barbara is responsible for the general maintenance of the Courthouse, but does not have the artistic resources or funds to authentically restore this magnificent structure.

In 2004, a small group of committed citizens came together and formed the Santa Barbara Courthouse Legacy Foundation (CLF), dedicated to the conservation and restoration of this magnificent building for generations to come.

The CLF ensures all conservation, restoration and restoration projects meet federally mandated standards for a National Historic Landmark.


Following the destructive earthquake in 1925, County Supervisors selected the Spanish colonial revival design of William Mooser III.  In just over three years, the building was completed, and serves to this day as an active, working courthouse, housing a law library, Public Records and various County offices.   It is one of the most utilized structures for public events, concerts, private weddings and graduations. Learn more about the Courthouse.

Mission Statement

The mission of the CLF is to fund the conservation, preservation, restoration, enhancement, and educational legacy of the Santa Barbara Courthouse so that current and future generations can enjoy this important community treasure.