Architect George Washington Smith created the Spanish Colonial revival style about a century ago in California. Smith left Harvard to work as a businessman, and moved to Santa Barbara later on to retire. However, he noticed the locals admired the house he built which made him continue designing for the city. He used genuine Spanish materials and merged the old with the new in his works. Today, he is considered a Santa Barbara founding father and his designs are praised for their beauty and complexity. Smith inspired many new architects, and Kenny Slaught acknowledges the detail oriented eye necessary to create such gorgeous structures.

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