The Spanish Colonial Revival architecture was the United States architectural movement established in the early 20th century. The movement involved designing some cities that were first Spanish colonies, which then became American cities, using the Spanish architectural style. A large portion of this architectural style can be seen in California. Post an earthquake that occurred in 1925, Santa Barbara adopted this style as its signature line for re-designing the city.  The movement was started by architect George Washington Smith who moved to Montecito and popularized this movement.  The history of El Pueblo Viejo aesthetic control remains true to Roman and Parisian laws. It aims to preserve history through the Hispanic architecture. But you may wonder what the Hispanic Architecture is all about. This style is influenced by the architecture of the “white-washed cities” of Andalusia in Southern Spain. In Santa Barbara, local building techniques are a result of the natural environment and the locally available materials. Kenny Slaught states that Hispanic architectural features in this area are depicted by the “simplicity, rustic economy, excellence in craftsmanship and honest expression of material”. Forms initiated in Santa Barbara convey vernacular handmade quality oriented to the sunlight. Additionally, colors are also related with natural environment, yellow, red, orange and white that remains Santa Barbara’s weather.

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