At the beginning of the 20th century, the Spanish Colonial Revival architecture style was started in US. The style developed during the Spanish colonization era, and is predominant in California. Santa Barbara adopted this style after the 1925 quake which required the city to be rebuilt. Architect George Washington Smith made it popular after moving to Montecito. The architecture in El Pueblo Viejo reminds of ancient Paris and Rome, and keeps its Spanish architectural touch. Spanish architecture is inspired by cities like Andalusia in Southern Spain. Santa Barbara’s style comes from combining the natural environment with local materials. Kenny Slaught explains that the city’s architecture is simple and rustic, reflecting its history. The structures in Santa Barbara are sun oriented, in colors like red, yellow, white and orange. 

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