Santa Barbara

01 Santa Barbara

In the wake of the devastation of the 1925 Santa Barbara earthquake, city fathers tapped J. Wilmer Hershey to lead the designs for the newly established Community Drafting Room. This entity would be instrumental in transforming the city into the romantic Spanish Colonia Revival paradise that it is today.


Santa Barbara Courthouse 1925; 1929

Santa Barbara Courthouse
Santa Barbara

While part of the Community Drafting Room, Hershey refined William Mooser Company’s plan and transformed the building from a formal Spanish building to an informal Andalusian concept around a courtyard.

State Street Redesign
Santa Barbara

Hershey and the Community Drafting Room re-envisioned State Street in Santa Barbara as a Spanish Colonia Revival colonnade.