How was adobe made historically? And how do we make adobe today? Learn about earthen architecture and the history of adobe constructions in Santa Barbara in this informative talk by Michael Imwalle from the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation.
Michael Imwalle is the Associate Executive Director of Cultural Resources for the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation. He is a specialist in history, historical archaeology, architectural history, and historic preservation, with more than 30 years of experience in California. He has directed more than 50 historic and prehistoric archaeological excavations and surveys in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and Ventura Counties. He has served as chief archaeologist and principal investigator at El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park and the Casa de la Guerra since 1987. In that capacity he has overseen construction, stabilization, and/restoration projects at numerous historic adobes including El Cuartel adobe (1788), Casa de la Guerra (1828), Pico adobe (circa 1840s), and the Rochín adobe (1856). Mr. Imwalle currently serves as Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the California Missions Foundation.