Kenny Slaught Discusses Courthouse, Old Mission Church History

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As early as 1925, notes Kenny Slaught, Santa Barbara city planners, recognizing the natural charm of Southern California, created legislation to preserve Spanish Colonial architecture, making Santa Barbara the first populace in the United States to consider the importance of historical buildings. Adorned with brilliantly colored tiles, the County Courthouse is the most common downtown destination for visiting tourists and also features murals that display striking scenes from the city’s past. The Old Mission Church has been operating for over 200 years. Also known as the “Queen of Missions,” the church provides an amazing view into the formation of the New World with guided tours and an expansive museum.

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