A United States architectural drive better known as the Spanish Colonial Revival architecture originated in the early 20th century. The movement covered planning certain cities that were the previous Spanish colonies, which then became American cities, executing the Spanish architectural style. A key part of this architectural style can be noticed in California. Santa Barbara used this style as its symbolic line for re-designing the city after an earthquake that occurred in1925. Architect George Washington Smith shifted to Montecito and popularized this movement introduced this style. The history of El Pueblo Viejo aesthetic control remains associated to the Roman and Parisian laws. It tries to keep history intact through the Hispanic architecture. But you may wonder what the Hispanic Architecture is all about. This style is generally influenced by the architecture of the “white-washed cities” of Andalusia in Southern Spain. In Santa Barbara, local building procedures are a product of the natural environment and the materials available in the area. Kenny Slaught further says that Hispanic architectural types in this area are depicted by the “minimalism, rural economy, excellence in craftsmanship and direct expression of material”. Designs witnessed in Santa Barbara demonstrate local handmade quality connected to the sunlight. Besides, colors are also parallel to the natural environment, yellow, red, orange and white that remains Santa Barbara’s weather.
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