January 31, 2023
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Banks adapt by changing their ways and revamping their looks


The financial crisis rocked the very foundations of the banking world — and going forward, it may change the way banks look from the ground up, too.

Few people can better speak to that than Elisa Garcia, owner of Garcia Architects in Santa Barbara. She specializes in banking design; if you live in the Santa Barbara area, there’s a good chance you’ve been inside one of her banks.

For the past four years, Garcia has been the corporate architect for Pacific Capital Bancorp, parent firm of Santa Barbara Bank & Trust. She worked on the design for the company’s main branch on Carrillo Street, as well as the Business First Bank building on State Street and the American Riviera building on Anacapa Street. She will soon be doing remodeling work for Bank of Santa Barbara.

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