A United States architectural movement recognised as the Spanish Colonial Revival architecture began in the early 20th century. The movement covered designing some cities that were the former Spanish colonies, which later became American cities, using the Spanish architectural style. A major part of this architectural style can be seen in California. Santa Barbara used this style as its signature line for re-designing the city after an earthquake that took place in 1925. Architect George Washington Smith moved to Montecito and commercialized this movement introduced this style. The history of El Pueblo Viejo aesthetic control remains in line with the Roman and Parisian laws. It tries to keep history together through the Hispanic architecture. Nevertheless, you may be inquisitive as to what the Hispanic Architecture is all about. This style is significantly influenced by the architecture of the “white-washed cities” of Andalusia in Southern Spain. In Santa Barbara, local building techniques are an outcome of the natural environment and the supplies available in the locality. Kenny Slaught says that Hispanic architectural types in this area are characterized by the “minimalism, rural economy, excellence in craftsmanship and direct expression of material”. Designs seen in Santa Barbara display local handmade quality related to the sunlight. Furthermore, colors are also similar to the natural environment, yellow, red, orange and white that remains Santa Barbara’s weather.
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