At Santa Barbara Monumental Co. we have provided families and cemeteries in the Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo areas with personalized headstones, monuments, and memorial design services since 1931.
We offer a variety of exceptional products and services at affordable prices for the following: Headstones and Markers; Bronze markers; Slants and Pillow Memorials; Upright Monuments; Bench Memorials; Commercial Signage and Engraving; Donation Bricks; Engraved Rocks and Garden Art; Civic Monuments.
Everyone has a unique story that deserves to be told. Our experience has taught us that the more families are able to participate in the design process, the more they are able to appreciate the finished memorial.
Thank you for allowing us to help you honor and remember your loved one.
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 thirty 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 more than 80 years, we think we’ll keep it.
First, you should gather your ideas – what aspects of your loved one’s life will you want to preserve and cherish?
Second, consider the following aspects that make up the chapters of a life:
From these jot down your ideas – inscription, endearments, religious symbols, civic or military emblems.
Third, meet with our staff – our skilled memorial staff can help you understand different design and carving options, lettering and photographs. You can choose from our library of standard design work or we can create custom artwork for your individual use. Working together we will create a rough outline indicating where the design and text elements should be placed.
Fourth, receive a rendering for approval – our staff will create a rendering for your review and approval. Any last minute adjustments can be made. Once the rendering is approved, work will begin on the memorial.
The completed memorial will truly tell your loved one’s story in stone
The granite memorial you have purchased is a combination of the finest natural materials and modern craftsmanship. However, like any material exposed to the elements some maintenance is recommended. Memorials are exposed to airborne pollution, chemical residues from fertilizer and weed killers, and especially mineral deposits from water. Never use waxes or polishes on the granite. Any window-cleaning agent, such as Windex, will bring up the natural luster by cleaning the surface of the stone. Once or twice a year, perhaps on an anniversary, birthday or Memorial Day, use a solution made from three or four tablespoons of granular electric dishwasher detergent, such as Cascade, Electrosal or Sunlight, and one quart of water to scrub the memorial. A fiber-bristled brush (do not use plastic or metal bristle brushes) should be used and when the washing is completed, the memorial should be rinsed thoroughly. Take care not to get the solution in your eyes by wearing appropriate eye protection. It is best if this cleaning is done when the memorial is cool – early morning or late afternoon is best. For heavy mineral deposits, the memorial can be cleaned with BBQ grill brick. Grill bricks are a soft volcanic rock that can be used to clean polished granite.
1. Wipe off memorial to remove any loose debris. This step is very important
2. BBQ grill bricks should be used wet. Gently rub the grill brick on the polished surfaces in a light, circular motion. Do not try to clean in areas where the polish has been removed. The grill brick will slowly wear away while removing the surface buildup.
3. Wipe or wash off the residue.
Exists to promote excellence in commemorative art and to enhance design and professional knowledge through the exchange of ideas within an atmosphere of trust. Visit www.monuments-aica.com
Since 1939, CMA has promoted quality memorialization and sought to protect the public’s right to purchase memorials from the source of their choice. Visit www.californiamonument.org
Licenses and regulates California funeral directors, cemeteries and crematories. Publishes “Consumer Guide to Funeral and Cemetery Purchases. visit https://www.dca.ca.gov/