Protecting Architecture Important, Says Kenny Slaught

As early as 1925, points out Kenny Slaught, the city planners in Santa Barbara recognized the natural charm of Southern California and developed legislation to preserve the city’s Spanish Colonial architecture. With this legislation, the city became the first populace in the United States to formally note the importance of historical buildings. The County Courthouse serves as the most common downtown destination for visitors to the city, and is adorned with vibrantly colored tiles and murals that display crucial scenes from the city’s past. A church that has been in operation for over 200 years, The Old Mission is also known as the “Queen of Missions,” and provides a thorough view into the formation of the New World with guided tours and an extensive museum.

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