Santa Barbara County Courthouse Murals

Santa Barbara

EverGreene cleaned and conserved the historic, 86-year-old murals adorning the Santa Barbara County Courthouse walls. Painted by California artist Daniel Sayre Groesbeck, these enormous works of art depict the history of Santa Barbara from the Canolino Tribe that bordered the Santa Barbara Channel to the arrival of John C. Fremont and the adaptation of American rule.

Conservators began the restoration process in December 2014 by documenting existing conditions. They repaired damaged plaster and canvas, stabilizing cracking paint and inpainting areas of loss and damage using conservation paints.  Architectural elements such as the ceiling beams, frieze and corbels, designed and painted by Italian-born John B. Smeraldi  were stabilized and restored ensuring that the design of the historically-significant courthouse will remain harmonious.

EverGreene worked closely and collaboratively with the members of the Santa Barbara Courthouse Legacy Foundation to conserve the murals and the architectural arts surrounding them to their original intended brilliance, returning an enchanting aspect of Santa Barbara’s rich history back to the community.

Santa Barbara County Courthouse

The conserved murals in the mural room

Santa Barbara County Courthouse Murals

The conserved murals along the east wall

Santa Barbara County Courthouse Murals

Conservators inpainting the murals

Santa Barbara County Courthouse Murals

During paint consolidation of the ceiling beams

Santa Barbara County Courthouse

A conservator inpaints areas of loss

Santa Barbara County Courthouse Murals

The conserved murals along the west wall

Santa Barbara County Courthouse Murals

The conserved ceiling ornament

Santa Barbara County Courthouse Murals

Detail of the conserved mural