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Spirit of the Ocean Sculpture & Foundation Restoration

For Santa Barbara Courthouse Legacy Foundation

In 2010, after the preparation of a state and national landmark application process uncovered extensive damage that required major restoration and preservation, the Hind Foundation granted $133,000 to Santa Barbara Legacy Foundation to complete the restoration of the iconic Spirit of the Ocean Sculpture & Fountain at the Santa Barbara Courthouse. One of the most critical public art projects on the Central Coast, the statue is hewn of Coldwater sandstone from the quarry in Refugio Canyon, Santa Barbara. Completed in 1927 by the Venetian-trained sculptor Ettore Cadorin, the world-famous Spirit of the Ocean sculpture and fountain had aged since it was firsts construction and was in much need of restoration. The grant, closed the gap on the primary fundraising effort so that the restoration project could continue.

Noteworthy Outcomes
•    History Preserved

One of Santa Barbara’s most beautiful and recognizable sights, the Courthouse had seen wear and tear of the previous 8 decades. Grants such as he Hind Foundation will ensure that this heritage of this site is preserved for future generations.


Area of Funding: Historical Landmark Restoration
Type of Funding: Standard Grant
Amount Funded: $133,000
Year Funded: 2010
Year Completed: 2010

About the Organization
Santa Barbara Courthouse Legacy Foundation
1105 Santa Barbara St.
2nd Floor
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 882-4770

The Santa Barbara Courthouse Legacy Foundation’s mission is to fund conservation, preservation and restoration projects at the Santa Barbara Courthouse so current and future generations can enjoy this important community treasure.