“The Spanish and Mission Revival in the United States, 1880-1940” by Richard Guy Wilson.

Santa Barbara, Court House 1929, W. Mooser

As part of EUNIC Protecting Our Heritage Project, Designing America Public Programs organized by the Embassy of Spain bring together U.S. historians and experts to talk about a wide range of topics relating to Spain's contributions to the United States throughout the centuries.

EUNIC Protecting Our Heritage exemplifies how countries can work together to rediscover and protect our shared heritage and make it relevant for our present cultural identities. 


Date: Thursday, February 18 at 6.30 pm

Location: The Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain (2801 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20009)

Spanish architecture had an impact in what is now the United States in two distinct periods, rst in the 17th and 18th centuries in the South West and California through missions and a few dwellings, and then in the later 19th and early 20th century through what is called sometimes, the “Spanish” Colonial Revival and the “Mission Revival.” This talk will consider this “revival” of Spanish forms and ornament in buildings and how it helped shape an American identity. Buildings of all types, from skyscrapers to houses, will be considered and how the idea of the Spanish Colonial was transmitted.


Richard Guy Wilson holds the Commonwealth Chair in Architectural History at the University of Virginia where he has taught since 1976. A frequent lecturer for universities, museums and professional groups, he has also curated numerous exhibitions on the Arts & Crafts Movement and on Thomas Jefferson and published many articles and books including: The American Renaissance (1979), McKim, Mead & White Architects (1983) and The Colonial Revival House (2004).