Most people might imagine Santa Barbara style in terms of residential architecture, perhaps a red-tiled villa on the Riviera with white columns framing the view to islands on the southern horizon.
Santa Barbara style means that most buildings befit the climate, are of the Mediterranean vernacular, and are predominantly Spanish and Italian influenced. This sort of completes the fantasy that one is within driving distance of Monte Carlo or Cap d’Antibes.
Our City’s both unique geographic and economic position has produced high quality building examples in various styles including Mission, Bungalow, Mission Revival, Hacienda, Classical, Modern, Prairie, and Californian. Periods range, over 200 years, from the early Spanish adobes, to American phase, to the George Washington Smith/Spanish Colonial Revival era.
Beyond the villas there is architecture that functions primarily for the community. This too contributes to the Santa Barbara style and is the type most represented in KBZ’s body of work.
Aging yet historic buildings, from the early 20th century, have been given the opportunity for renewal and restoration, creating some important renovation projects for KBZ; including the Carrillo Recreation Center and the Lobero Theatre. We have also completed some vernacular building projects, e.g. the City Fire Department Administration Office Building, the conversion of an old automotive muffler shop adjacent to KBZ’s renovation of Fire Station No. 1.
Many of our projects for Santa Barbara Unified School District involve buildings of historical interest.. Most notable is our award winning renovation of the Marjorie Luke auditorium at Santa Barbara Junior High.