Santa Barbara Photo of the Week by Bill Heller.
The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is one of the most beautiful buildings in California. However this wing, unlike the others, is much more beautiful on the outside. The tower and the rest of the wing on the right of this photo were the former county jail. The bridge connecting the main part of the courthouse to the Jail wing is called the “Bridge of Sighs” after a bridge (Ponte dei Sospiri) in Venice, Italy. It was the bridge that was said to be the last view prisoners would have of beautiful Venice before they were led to their cells, and so they would sigh as they saw the last glimpse of the beautiful city.
The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is a California Historical Landmark NO. 1037.