Maintaining its natural charm was intentional and as early as 1925, city planners enacted development controls to prevent demolition of Spanish Colonial architecture. The community was the first in the country to proactively think about the importance of historic buildings. Regulations were put in place and guidelines were designed to preserve unique structures and park areas, and in 1960 Santa Barbara established legal protection for historic landmarks.

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