A United States architectural movement recognised as the Spanish Colonial Revival architecture originated in the early 20th century. The movement comprised designing some cities that were the former Spanish colonies, which then became American cities, using the Spanish architectural style. A major part of this architectural style can be seen in California. Post an earthquake that took place in 1925, Santa Barbara used this style as its signature line for re-designing the city. Architect George Washington Smith who moved to Montecito and popularized this movement introduced this style. The history of El Pueblo Viejo aesthetic control remains authentic to Roman and Parisian laws. It tries to keep history intact through the Hispanic architecture. However, you may be curious as to what the Hispanic Architecture is all about. This style is influenced by the architecture of the “white-washed cities” of Andalusia in Southern Spain. In Santa Barbara, local building techniques are a result of the natural environment and the supplies available in the locality. Kenny Slaught says that Hispanic architectural types in this area are characterized by the “simplicity, rural economy, excellence in craftsmanship and direct expression of material”. Designs seen in Santa Barbara display vernacular handmade quality related to the sunlight. Furthermore, colors are also linked to the natural environment, yellow, red, orange and white that remains Santa Barbara’s weather.
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