Going back nearly a century, 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 relaxing lifestyle and planning to work on his painting habits. But he was surprised 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 covering new and old world styles. Today Smith’s structures are much appreciated and enjoyed for their structural beauty and complex design, and he is remembered 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 one must possess to craft structures of such renown.

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