Welcome to our People Gallery. Meet the artists and artisans who created this historic beauty, and scroll down to see the planners and designers behind its existence.
Carved the Great Arch and original "Spirit of the Ocean" Fountain. +
Created the Tunisian wall tiles that line the walls of the Courthouse stairwell and lobbies.+
Painted the 4,200 square feet of murals in four months in 1928. +
Painted the decorative ceilings, walls and beams throughout the Courthouse. +
Painted the five tapestries on the second floor Figueroa wing and the Fiesta scene near the Lawyers’ Entrance. +
Crafted the copper plate configuration on the 13 feet high x 8 feet wide, double doors of the Hall of Records. +
Born in Budapest, he apprenticed as a metalsmith at age 14 at a prince’s palace in Austria. After a name change at Ellis Island, he settled in Los Angeles, where he made every tool he used, and adorned in metal some of the great structures of southern California. In the style of repousse he hammered the plates from the back side. It is unclear if he worked the wrought iron elements of the Courthouse, though this was his stock and trade in the U.S.
Chair (Hoffmann) and Secretary (Chase) of the committee that drove the movement fostering Santa Barbara’s Spanish heritage as design style for the Courthouse after the 1925 quake.