Santa Barbara ~ A Guide to El Pueblo Viejo

Though celebrated as "The American Riviera" by dint of its
unique charm and unsurpassed beauty, Santa Barbara would not be the coastal urban gem it is today were it not for the catastrophic earthquake of 1925 and the determined efforts of a few visionary civic leaders in the years immediately thereafter. Such is the broad thrust of Santa Barbara ~ A Guide to El Pueblo Viejo, a new book published by the Santa Barbara Conservancy that explores the city's extraordinary modern history by way of surveying its alluring Spanish-inspired architecture.

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    A first edition of Santa Barbara: El Pueblo Viejo was published by the city of Santa Barbara in 1986, and was intended as a guide for local walking tours as well as a resource and reference for architects and others interested in local history. The new edition features color photography, historical images, new maps, and expanded text. Contributing new and updated material to the book are local historian and retired city planning staff member Mary Louise Days, and Dr. Richard Oglesby, a retired UCSB professor of history. Dr. Rebecca Conard and Dr. Christopher H. Nelson authored the original edition, and some of their material has been retained. The first-edition introduction by the late David Gebhard also is included, prefaced by a new introduction from Dr. Oglesby.

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