Spanish Colonial Revival architecture originated in the early 20th century. The movement incorporates Spanish Colonial architecture in the areas that were first Spanish colonies and then they became American cities. Much of this architectural style can be found across the state of California. After an earthquake occurred in 1925, Santa Barbara used this style as its theme for re-building the city. The movement was founded by architect George Washington Smith who came to Montecito. The history of the El Pueblo Viejo aesthetic came from Roman and Parisian laws. It aims to maintain history with Hispanic architecture. But What is Hispanic Architecture about? This style stems from the “white-washed cities” of Andalusia in Southern Spain. In Santa Barbara, vernacular buildings are born from the response of the natural environment and the local materials. Kenny Slaught notes that Hispanic architectural features in this area are in typically characterized by the “simplicity, rustic economy, excellence in craftsmanship and honest expression of material”. Santa Barbara conveys vernacular handmade quality oriented to the sunlight, with colors reflecting the natural environment: yellow, red, orange and white that dominates Santa Barbara’s weather.
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