Spanish Revival Architecture

The romantic architecture of Southern California and more specifically Santa Barbara is Spanish Revival.  Popularized by architect George Washington Smith in the 1920’s it is still popular today and can be found all across the United States.  The Panama-California Exposition (1915-1917) in San Diego had temporary buildings of Spanish Revival.   They were so popular that those buildings never were demolished.  Today they located at BalboaPark.  Santa Barbara adopted the Spanish Revival style to give it a unified Spanish look after the earth quake in 1925.  Acceptable to all of the Design Review Committees in the neighborhoods that Casas del Oso designs and builds in; we frequently use it.  When done correctly these homes are timeless ant they still provide romantic escapes from frantic city life.

Typically they borrow proportion, scale, massing and colors from the farm houses of Andalusia in Southern Spain.  Many of the details also were based upon the architecture of Spanish homes & buildings.  These are actually simple buildings with texture, color and pattern for contrast.

Spanish Revival has grown to be a catalog of styles.  The common threads are courtyards, plain wall surfaces, tile roofs, simplicity, wrought iron, colorful tile, dark wood beams, built-in niches & alcoves, and arches.


1.  Diane Keaton’s home with Saltillo tile floors inset with cobalt tile deco’s, arched French doors & openings, traditional white plaster walls, and dark wood beams.


2.  Foyer with grand staircase note the colorful Talavera tile on the risers, wrought iron and arched openings on the 2nd floor.


3.  Casa del Mar at San Simeon, one of the smaller guest homes.  Actually William Randolph Hearst spent the last two years of his life here