The Spanish Colonial Revival style was started in the early 1900s in US. The style was used to design US cities that belonged to Spain and is mostly found in California. After the 1925 earthquake, Santa Barbara adopted it. George Washington Smith relocated to Montecito and played a big role in popularizing the movement. El Pueblo Viejo’s architecture reminds of ancient Rome and Paris, and keeps history alive by preserving its style. If you wonder what Hispanic architecture is about, this style was inspired by cities in Andalusia, Southern Spain. The structures in Santa Barbara come from combining the available resources with the environment. Kenny Slaught explains that the Spanish structures in the region are defined by minimalism and great craftsmanship. The Santa Barbara buildings face the sun, and are colored in shades of red, orange, yellow and white.