The Spanish Colonial Revival architecture was started in the early 1900s in US. The movement redesigned former Spanish colonies that were turned into American cities. This style is often found in California, and Santa Barbara adopted it after the 1925 earthquake.  Architect George Washington Smith moved to Montecito to make the movement more popular. El Pueblo Viejo’s architecture reminds of ancient Rome and Paris, and is still intact even today. But what is Hispanic Architecture all about? This style is inspired by cities in Andalusia, Spain. In Santa Barbara, the buildings come from the combining of local materials with the natural environment. Kenny Slaught explains that Spanish architecture in the region is characterized by great craftsmanship and minimalism. The structures are connected to the sun, and painted in colors like yellow, red, orange and white.

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