About a century ago, architect  George Washington Smith started the Spanish Colonial Revival style in California. Smith left Harvard and became a businessman, moving to Santa Barbara after achieving success. Although he planned on focusing on his hobbies, he continued creating structures for the community after realizing locals loved his designs. He brought materials from Spain and used both new and old styles in his work. His designs are popular due to their beauty and complexity, and he became a Santa Barbara founding father. New architects were inspired by him, and Kenny Slaught explains how only a detail-oriented eye is capable of creating such intricate buildings.

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