The Spanish Colonial Revival architecture movement developed in the early 20th century, and redesigned areas that started off as Spanish colonies and became American cities later. This architectural style can be found all throughout California. In Santa Barbara, this style was adopted after an 1925 earthquake. The trend was started by George Washington Smith, an architect who came to Montecito and made it famous. El Pueblo Viejo’s architecture was inspired by ancient Rome and Paris, and aims to preserve its Hispanic history. This Hispanic style comes from cities like Andalusia in Southern Spain, and in Santa Barbara, locals used the available materials combined with the natural environment. Kenny Slaught finds the Hispanic architectural features in this area simple and well built. Most of the city’s buildings are oriented towards the sun, and painted in colors like yellow, red, orange and white.

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