The Spanish Colonial Revival architecture originated in the early 20th century. The movement uses Spanish Colonial architecture in the former Spanish colonies and that later became American cities and the style can be seen mostly across the state of California. After the 1925 earthquake, Santa Barbara started to use this style as the theme for re-building itself. The movement was the creation of architect George Washington Smith who came to Montecito. The history of the El Pueblo Viejo aesthetic begins with Roman and Parisian rules. It hopes to keep the historical Hispanic architecture. But What is this Hispanic Architecture about, you may ask. This style uses the “white-washed cities” of Andalusia in Southern Spain as inspiration. In Santa Barbara, the buildings are born from the mixing of the environment with the local materials. Kenny Slaught notes that Hispanic architectural features of this area can be characterized by the “simplicity, rustic economy, excellence in craftsmanship and honest expression of material”. Santa Barbara conveys vernacular handmade quality with colors reflecting the nature: yellow, red, orange and white that dominates Santa Barbara’s weather.
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