Tucked away in the center of Santa Barbara lies a piece of Santa
Barbara history and one of its most unique jewels. In true Santa
Barbara style, with entrances on State Street and Figueroa, La Arcada Plaza
is a quaint and charming substitute for the larger malls. La Arcada Plaza
boasts some of Santa Barbara's top restaurants and art galleries
as well as hosting a number of retail boutiques and services. Tile-lined
walkways, fountains, sidewalk cafes and beautiful sculptures decorate
the lush landscapes. Above the street level courtyard, La Arcada Plaza
is also home to many businesses and firms.
| La Arcada Plaza
was designed and constructed under the supervision of famed architect
Myron Hunt in 1926. The entry signs, with the lion and castle motif,
were taken from original artwork on the building dating back to
1927. The magnificent clock on State Street was modeled after an
historic clock and Chicago landmark since 1880. The historic Barber
Shop is a working establishment and a mini-museum of the decorative
arts that embellished the hair cutting parlors in the early 1990's.
The lifelike statues by J. Seward Johnson and George Lundeen, the
playful bronze dolphins by Santa Barbara artist Bud Bottoms, the
inteactive Mozart Trio by Bonifatius Stirnberg, all enhance the
magical experience of strolling through La Arcada Plaza.