Explore Our History
Explore Santa Barbara's fascinating history! Whether that be through a book detailing the history of the cities most famous architectural landmarks or a puzzle showing our wonderful fiesta traditions. We carry books about historically significant Santa Barbara artists, Chumash and Native American histories, and much more. Most importantly, your purchases support our mission to connect our community with Santa Barbara history.
An ode to the classic Spanish-style houses of Santa Barbara. Spanish Colonial Style celebrates an extraordinary tradition in architecture whose hallmarks include whitewashed stucco and plaster walls, wood-beamed ceilings, dramatic fireplaces, and, above all, mystery and romance. Homes in this much-loved style of architecture welcome the visitor and embrace the resident, and architects James Osborne Craig and Mary McLaughlin Craig, early proponents of the style and influential disseminators of it, were masters of the form. Their work, until now, has been largely underappreciated and little seen.
The Craigs played pivotal roles in the development of the Spanish Colonial Revival and of other styles of architecture in Santa Barbara, and the influence of their work spread much beyond that. In addition to shining a long overdue spotlight on the rich career of these tremendously influential architects, Spanish Colonial Style also heralds Santa Barbara as the small city of international importance that it became in the first half of the twentieth century.
Pamela Skewes-Cox is an artist and writer based in Massachusetts. Robert Sweeney is the author of Casa del Herrero: The Romance of Spanish Colonial. C. Ford Peatross is founding director of the Center for Architecture, Design, and Engineering at the Library of Congress. Matt Walla is the photographer of Casa del Herrero.
This book has been reprinted in a second edition with updated text and images.
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