Fiesta performers in El Paseo
El Paseo was not only central to Fiesta, but to Santa Barbara's Spanish style as a whole. El Paseo opened in 1923 and, along with Casa de la Guerra, became the inspiration for reconstruction after the 1925 earthquake devastated the Santa Barbara area. At a February 1922 Santa Barbara City Council meeting, resident Michael J. Phillips urged the council to pursue the Spanish style: "The re-creation of Santa Barbara the beautiful; a return to the olden days of warm, colorful Spanish architecture; and the fashioning of this city into a shrine which will draw lovers of the quaint and the picturesque from over the whole wide world."
Pearl Chase Collection, Presidio Research Center, Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, Santa Barbara, California
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