A United States architectural movement better known as the Spanish Colonial Revival architecture commenced in the early 20th century. The movement comprised planning certain cities that were the previous Spanish colonies, which then became American cities, implementing the Spanish architectural style. A principal part of this architectural style can be noticed in California. Santa Barbara used this style as its illustrative line for re-designing the city after an earthquake that took place in1925.  Architect George Washington Smith relocated to Montecito and popularized this movement introduced this style. The history of El Pueblo Viejo aesthetic control remains aligned to the Roman and Parisian laws. It tries to keep history intact through the Hispanic architecture. But you may wonder what the Hispanic Architecture is all about. This style is mostly influenced by the architecture of the “white-washed cities” of Andalusia in Southern Spain. In Santa Barbara, local building methods are a product of the natural environment and the materials available in the locale. Kenny Slaught further says that Hispanic architectural types in this area are portrayed by the “minimalism, rural economy, excellence in craftsmanship and direct expression of material”. Designs observed in Santa Barbara demonstrate local handmade quality connected to the sunlight. Besides, colors are also akin to the natural environment, yellow, red, orange and white that remains Santa Barbara’s weather.

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Kenny Slaught On The Evolution Of Santa Barbara’s Signature Architectural Style

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