El Cuartel — Santa Barbara’s Oldest Building

on April 28, 2002

The oldest building in Santa Barbara (and the second-oldest in the state) is El Cuartel in El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park. El Cuartel was the guardhouse for the last of four Spanish military outposts built in what is now California. The Santa Barbara post, built in April 1782, was military and governmental headquarters for the area between Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo until 1846.

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