About Santa Barbara Monumental Co.
Santa Barbara Monumental is one of only two California members of the American Institute of Commemorative Art, a group dedicated to creative and artistic memorials. Membership is by invitation-only. We are also active in Monument Builders of North America and the California Monument Association. We subscribe to their codes of good practice.
On our staff is California’s first Certified Memorialist. The Monument Builders of North America grants this certification to those memorialists that demonstrate a high level of knowledge of the principals and practices associated with the memorial profession.
Santa Barbara Monumental is a family owned business, founded in 1931 by Al Hendrickson. Mr. Hendrickson’s grandson, Jed Hendrickson, CM, AICA has been president of Santa Barbara Monumental for nearly twenty years.
People have occasionally asked about our name, Santa Barbara Monumental. We are not a “monumental” company in size but the term monumental actually refers to stone quarried specifically for monuments. We have often thought about changing the name but after almost 80 years, we think we’ll keep it.
What to look for in a Memorial Designer and Builder
A stable and honest business reputation, with a full-time commitment to designing, producing and selling memorials. You want a firm that was in business yesterday and will be in business tomorrow.
Don’t order solely from pictures. There are important differences in colors and finishes that cannot be observed except by seeing and touching the real thing.
An attractive display where you may view a selection of memorials in different sizes, colors, finishes, materials and styles.
The ability to listen...to counsel…to help you create a memorial that is artistically designed and personalized for your loved one.
Knowledge of your cemetery’s rules and regulations, governing types and sizes of memorials.