Iconic Mural Room offers bird’s-eye views of Las Noches de Ronda performances below in the Sunken Garden
The historic Santa Barbara County Courthouse and the annual Old Spanish Days celebration combined to provide a dramatic setting for a Courthouse Legacy Foundation fundraiser benefiting the preservation and restoration of the Santa Barbara landmark.
Now in its eighth year, the party attracted donors, historians, locals and out-of-towners to the newly restored Mural Room on the courthouse’s second-floor Loggia to experience Las Noches de Ronda on the stage below.
The sold-out event kicked off with a lively cocktail reception, during which 125 guests mingled in the Mural Room, enjoying the grandeur and artistry of its 83-year-old historic paintings. The artwork depicts a timeline of Santa Barbara’s history on the ornate walls and ceiling of the iconic room.
Supporters arrived sporting Fiesta and western attire to join in an intimate gathering of fine food with the flavors of margaritas, cocktails and Mexican cuisine.
The exclusive party also provided a private tour of the national landmark with bird’s-eye views of Las Noches de Ronda entertainment — song, folklorica and flamenco dancing — in the Sunken Garden below.
The renowned building receives critical funding from the nonprofit Courthouse Legacy Foundation, which was established in 2004 and governed by a Board of Trustees whose mission is to conserve and restore artistic features of the courthouse.
Santa Barbara County cannot afford the funds it takes to restore and maintain the facility, so the special Fiesta event — and other events throughout the year — are put on by the foundation with the sole purpose of raising restoration funds.
Considered the jewel of the courthouse, the Mural Room was originally used as the assembly room for the county Board of Supervisors, which met there for more than 30 years, until 1967, when…