Some of the celebrated Santa Barbara architecture features include the ageless Hotel Virginia, El Pueblo Viejo district in historic downtown and the two pink towers of the Old Mission, which hosts retreats and festivals. The brightly colored tiles of the County Courthouse houses brilliant displays of murals and other striking attention grabbers. Nearby is the clock tower and observation deck, providing a panoramic view of the entire city. The Lobero theatre not only houses the regions premier performing arts events and dates back to 1873, while being rebuilt in the 1920’s by George Washington Smith. These are a few of the rich pieces of history in Santa Barbara, where, because of the founder’s advanced planning, many timeless, architecturally strong buildings line the streets of the old districts.