Some of the most well-known Santa Barbara architecture features are the centuries old Hotel Virginia, El Pueblo Viejo district in historic downtown along with the two pink towers of the Old Mission, where retreats and festivals take place. The brightly colored tiles of the County Courthouse are brilliant displays of murals and other striking attributes. Nearby is the clock tower and observation deck, providing a scenic view of the entire city. The Lobero theatre not only houses the regions premier performing arts events but it also dates back to 1873, being rebuilt in the 1920’s by George Washington Smith. Many continue to learn about the rich history in Santa Barbara, where, resulting from the founder’s advanced planning, many antique, architecturally amazing buildings line the streets of the old districts.
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