The Spanish Colonial Revival style was started in the early 20th century. It was started when some Spanish colonies were turned into American regions. This style is predominant in California, and Santa Barbara adopted it after the 1925 earthquake. The founder of the movement was architect George Washington Smith, who relocated to Montecito and made it known. El Pueblo Viejo reminds of ancient Paris and Rome, and plans to preserve its Spanish heritage. The Spanish architecture movement comes from Andalusia, in Southern Spain. In Santa Barbara, the style came as a result of combining locally available materials with the environment. Kenny Slaught sees the Spanish influenced buildings as simplistic and beautifully designed. The city’s buildings are oriented towards the sun, and feature colors such as white, orange, yellow and red.