Archinect - News 2017-09-20T23:31:45-04:00 LA's Mike the Poet looks back on San Diego's "Spanish Magic" architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-02T12:50:00-05:00 >2014-01-07T12:57:19-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p> Associated with both wedding cakes and McMansions, the Spanish Colonial Revival movement that took hold of California's early 20th century architecture left behind many civic structures that have since become classically Californian. Mixing elements from the colonial Spanish missions, the American Craftsmen style and the Arts and Crafts movement, architects like Bertram Goodhue set out to establish the metropolises of California as romantic bastions of "Spanish Magic". The style crystallized in San Diego's Balboa Park during the Panama California Exposition of 1915, celebrating the Panama Canal's opening and honoring San Diego's role as the first port north of the canal's westward opening.</p> <p> 3rd generation Los Angeles native Mike Sonksen -- perhaps far better known as "Mike the Poet", an impassioned fl&acirc;neur and urban hiker famous for his city tours punctuated by poetic outbursts -- has been a mouthpiece for Los Angeles architecture and urbanism through his work as a tour guide, jo...</p>