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Santa Barbara occupies a unique place in the development of California. Perfect weather, moneyed residents, a pool of talented architects, a long ranching tradition, and some restrictive building codes combined to make Santa Barbara a treasure-trove of interesting buildings. The major style is, of course, the Spanish or Mediterranean, and this book probably does more than any other to document this rich tradition. This book is useful to both architectural buffs and to anyone who wants to see and utilize the rich architectural heritage that is Santa Barbara.