SANTA BARBARA IS KNOWN AND LOVED FOR ITS MEDITERRANEAN ROOTS.
Famed architect, George Washington Smith, is hugely responsible for the Spanish inspired architecture that defines Santa Barbara.
Smith received his Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Harvard University. He dabbled in painting, traveled with his wife, and practiced architectural design in Paris before finding career success in Santa Barbara. His success started with the design of his own house, El Hogar, which was inspired by Andalusian farmhouses in Spain. Because Smith's interpretation of Spanish architecture held great appeal to so many people, he was commissioned to design homes and public landmarks all over Santa Barbara.
Smith designed the Montecito Country Club Building, Santa Barbara Chapel and Crematorium, Meridian Studios, La Cumbre Golf and Country Club Building, and The Lobero Theatre.
fun for everyone
From colorful parades and open markets teeming with Spanish and Mexican-American foods to sipping the finest tequilas at the Santa Barbara Zoo, Old Spanish Days Fiesta offers fun for the whole family. For a full guide to a memorable week, visit www.santabarbaraca.com.
a reason to celebrate
George Washington Smith's Lobero Theatre is one of the reasons that Santa Barbara hosts the Old Spanish Days Fiesta. This week-long festival was started in 1924 and is a tradition marked by festive music and dance. Celebrations start July 31st and continue through August 4th. Buy tickets now at www.sbfiesta.org
Smith's SPanish revival has come to define Montecito's architectural aesthetic.
As you enter through the lacy canopy of California live oaks, Park Lane brings to life the essence of coastal, Mediterranean beauty. With gracious archways, Santa Barbara stone walls, and an expansive ocean view this magnificent estate embodies an effortless sense of elegance while perfectly capturing the enviable lifestyle of Montecito.
900 Knollwood blends Spanish Colonial Revival with a light, airy nature. The white stucco walls, painted tiles, and outdoor terrace make for a sophisticated, Mediterranean atmosphere. Originally designed by Edwards & Plunkett in 1934 for the McCormick family, then renovated by Lutah Maria Riggs in the early 1950s, this incredible approximately 9-acre, ocean view estate maintains much of the same spirit today as it did when it was conceived.
Nestled on nearly two lush acres, 1475 East Mountain Drive is an expertly crafted Spanish Colonial estate. It boasts antique terra-cotta tiles that escort you to breathtaking ocean views and gorgeous gardens. A true paradise, this Mediterranean estate is a thesis on beauty, design, elegance, and top-quality construction that will continue to define the best of Montecito living for generations to come.