Ojai marks the centennial this year of its Spanish-style architectural makeover,
which preceded—and influenced—Santa Barbara’s.
Architect James Osborne Craig completed his masterpiece and signed it. The date was
January 19, 1922, and the location evidently was a rented house in Ojai, where the severely
asthmatic Craig had sought refuge from Santa Barbara’s wet winter weather. He had been
holed up there with his wife and daughter since the previous November, perfecting
his design for a “street in Spain” to complement the Casa de la Guerra adobe,
a surviving fragment of the Mission Era in Santa Barbara.
Story by Mark Lewis • Art by Karen Lewis, Jamee Aubrey, Chris Potter
Painting by Karen K. Lewis