The Spanish Revival Revival architecture style was developed in the 20th century. The style was started when areas that were previously Spanish colonies turned into American cities. This architecture trend is predominant in California, and was adopted by Santa Barbara after an 1925 quake. The movement was founded by architect George Washington Smith who moved to Montecito in order to spread it, and preserves the Hispanic heritage. Hispanic architecture was influenced by cities like Andalusia in Southern Spain, and in Santa Barbara, it came from mixing materials with the natural environment. Real estate Kenny Slaught says that the area’s Hispanic style is all about simplicity and good craftsmanship. The buildings of Santa Barbara are oriented towards the sun and feature colors like yellow, red, orange and white.

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