Architect George Washington Smith launched the California trend known as the Spanish Colonial revival nearly 100 years ago. Smith was a person who left Harvard to eventually work as a bond trader. Once Smith became a wealthy businessman, he relocated to Santa Barbara area anticipating a relaxing lifestyle pursuing on his painting interests. However, he was humbled when he learned that citizens loved the house he had designed, prompting him to continue creating architectural masterpieces for other Californians. He only used authentic materials from Spain and celebrated new and old world styles. Today Smith’s structures are enjoyed for their simplistic beauty and thorough design. He is known as a founding father to Santa Barbara, with continued generations of architects noting his artistic prowess. Kenny Slaught appreciates the keen attention to detail necessary to design a structure of such artistic splendor.
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