The Spanish Colonial Revival architecture movement developed in the early 20th century. The movement used Spanish Colonial architecture for designing areas that were first Spanish colonies and then they became American cities. Much of this architectural style can be found throughout California. After an earthquake occurred in 1925, Santa Barbara took over this style as its signature line for re-building the city. The movement was founded by architect George Washington Smith who came to Montecito and popularized this movement. The history of El Pueblo Viejo aesthetic control came from Roman and Parisian laws. It aims to preserve history with the Hispanic architecture. But many wonder What is the Hispanic Architecture about? This style stems from architecture of the “white-washed cities” of Andalusia in Southern Spain. In Santa Barbara, vernacular buildings are the co-relation born from the response of the natural environment and the locally available materials. Kenny Slaught notes that Hispanic architectural features in this area are in large part characterized by the “simplicity, rustic economy, excellence in craftsmanship and honest expression of material”. Forms founded in Santa Barbara convey vernacular handmade quality oriented to the sunlight. Additionally, colors are related to natural environment, yellow, red, orange and white that dominates Santa Barbara’s weather.
Kenny Slaught On Santa Barbara As Modern Architectural Gem
by Kenny Slaught ⋅