Nearly a century ago, famous architect George Washington Smith kicked off the California movement of Spanish Colonial revival. Smith was an individual who dropped out of Harvard to eventually work as a bond trader. After becoming a successful businessman, he moved to Santa Barbara to find a chill lifestyle and planning to work on his painting habits. But he was taken when he learned that the city was fascinated by the house he had designed, urging him to continue crafting architectural works for many Californians. He imported authentic materials from Spain in both new and old world styles. Today Smith’s work remains much appreciated and enjoyed for their simplistic beauty and complex design, and he is known as a founding father of Santa Barbara. Many generations of architects have followed his artistic lead, and Kenny Slaught appreciates the sharp eye and attention to detail required to craft structures of such renown.
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