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It’s not a mission from Bill, but it is mission-adjacent! Love the sun in the final photos, and the courthouse against the backdrop of blue skies with white clouds and green grass is picture perfect. ~WaterGirl
After some of the comments on my piece on the Mission Santa Barbara, I thought one of the other sites in Santa Barbara would make for a nice follow up post. The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is about a mile from the mission and incorporates mission architecture. It was built in 1925 and is shaped like a “L” with the open side as a park. There is a tall clock tower right by the main entrance which includes an observation deck that affords a magnificent view of the City of Santa Barbara and even the islands off shore.
This is the main entrance to the courthouse with the clock tower to the right. The entrance goes straight though the building exiting into the park on the other side. Leading from the entrance are stairways and corridors that provide access to the court’s offices and courtrooms.
This was a local photography group shoot and the leader of the group(Hami) had just had one of his cameras converted to shoot infrared so he was really excited to shoot a building with some nice plant life around it.
This is the ceremonial courtroom(Mural Room) just off the main entrance, it’s pretty elaborate.
This stairwell off the entrance is the way to access the observation deck at the top of the clock tower(there is also an elevator).
The view from the observation deck looking northwest, you can see the twin towers of the mission just to the right of center.
Looking southwest beyond the city you can see the Pacific and Santa Cruz Island in the distance on the left.
In the southeasterly direction you can see the ocean and the coast as it bends from the left of the frame to the center. The distant mountains in the center are the Santa Monica Mountains near Oxnard. From the center to the right there are little dots that are oil rigs off the coast. Again, we see Santa Cruz Island, this time on the right(Annacapa Island is behind the tree just right of center).
The courthouse park has a broad lawn with palm and pine trees.