The Spanish Colonial revival style was started by architect George Washington Smith in California, about 100 years ago. Smith gave up his Harvard studied to work in bond trading. After some years, he moved to Santa Barbara to pursue his hobbies. But, he changed his mind after he noticed the locals loved his work. He went on to create new buildings for the city, and used authentic Spanish materials in his designs. He combined the old with the new, and his structures are admired today for their beauty and complexity. Smith was the inspiration of many new artists and is known as a Santa Barbara founding father. Kenny Slaught recognizes the attention to detail needed to develop such complex structures.
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