Almost 100 years ago, famous architect George Washington Smith was the inspiration for the California movement called the Spanish Colonial revival. George was a man who actually dropped out of Harvard and eventually became a successful bond trader. Once a successful businessman, he moved to the Santa Barbara area anticipating a relaxing lifestyle and planning to work on his painting interests. What came as a surprise was that everyone loved the house he had designed, prompting him to continue designing architectural masterpieces for other Californians. Using authentic materials from Spain and merging new and old world inspiration, George Smith’s designs are sought out and enjoyed for their simplistic beauty and complex design. George is known as a founding father of Santa Barbara and other architects have mirrored his style for many generations. Santa Barbara real estate developer, Kenny Slaught has always admired the keen eye and attention to artistic detail that is found in George’s works and those that followed him.
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