Casa del Herrero Welcomes Marc Normand Gelinas As Newest Trustee

Casa del Herrero is pleased to welcome Marc Normand Gelinas to its Board of Trustees. He joins a committed group of engaged volunteers who provide leadership in stewarding the historic house museum and gardens. Through their combined experience and enthusiasm, the board works to preserve the Casa’s history in service to the local community.

“Marc is a compassionate individual who has given much to his community,” said Casa Executive Director Jessica Tade. “I am beyond excited he is joining the Casa board as his thoughtful, fresh ideas will bring much to our organization.”

Marc Normand Gelinas is the founder of Marc Normand Gelinas Interior Design and is best known for his classic and inviting designs, reflecting his knowledge of color, scale, and art background. He believes that each project should reflect the personality and personal style of each client, giving them a well-designed, comfortable, and functional space.

His extensive time in New York and Paris give him a unique perspective on aesthetic plans. Since 1987, he has consulted on projects from New York, Santa Barbara, Aspen, and Rhode Island.

Marc’s work has been published several times in such well-known publications as House Beautiful and Traditional Home, to name a few. He has also been featured in Window Style, a hardcover book published by Traditional Home. His show house projects, such as “The Newport Decorator Show House,” have been widely received.

Marc graduated with honors from the acclaimed Pratt Institute in New York City, earning a BFA in interior design.

“Marc’s knowledge of George Washington Smith’s work is impressive,” said Casa Board President Karen Jones Clark. “His positive energy will add immeasurably to our organization. We are delighted to welcome him onto our board.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Casa board,” said Marc.


Photo credits:

  1. Marc Normand Gelinas. Photo courtesy of Marc Normand Gelinas.


About Casa del Herrero

When visitors come to Casa del Herrero, or the “House of the Blacksmith,” they are transported back to Montecito in the 1920s and 1930s – the heyday of the original owner George Fox Steedman. Designed by George Washington Smith, the Casa is one of the finest examples of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture in America. It is included on the National Register of Historic Places, and maintains National Historic Landmark status in part due to its eclectic mix of Country Place Era and Moorish-inspired gardens created by Ralph Stevens, Lockwood de Forest, and Francis T. Underhill.

Today, the 11-acre estate functions as a nonprofit organization with the goal of preserving the house and grounds, as well as the Steedman family’s collection of fifteenth and sixteenth-century fine and decorative art objects from the “Golden Age” of Spain, books, sketchbooks, drawings, and horticultural records. Casa del Herrero is preserved and stewarded for the benefit of the community, and can be visited by booking a tour at 

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