Building the natural charm of this region began way back in 1925, as city planners enacted development controls to prevent demotion of Spanish Colonial architecture, making this the first city in the United States to proactively think about the importance of many historic buildings. Controls were enacted and guidelines were thought up to preserve the structures and park spaces. In 1960 Santa Barbara established legal protection for historical landmark buildings.
Almost 100 years back, celebrated architect George Washington Smith kicked off the California movement, the Spanish Colonial revival. Smith dropped out of Harvard and eventually worked as a bond trader. Once Smith became a recognized worker, he moved to Santa Barbara anticipating a relaxing lifestyle with which to work on his painting interests. However, he was taken aback when he learned that everyone loved the house he had designed, prompting him to continue creating architectural gems for the city. He only used the best materials from Spain and merged new and old world styles, and today Smith’s works are desired for their simplistic beauty and complex design. He is a founding father in the city of Santa Barbara, as many generations of architects followed his artistic pathway. Kenny Slaught celebrates the keen eye and attention to detail needed to create works of such artistic excellence.
Continued supporter of outreach initiatives, Santa Barbara-based entrepreneur and leading force in the real estate sector, Kenny Slaught gladly embraces Hospice of Santa Barbara’s various initiatives aimed at helping those who suffered hardship in their lives to learn to experience joy and meaningfulness again through empathy and self-care. In keeping with his intentions as a visionary philanthropist, he advocates for the Hospice of Santa Barbara’s Anticipatory Grief Services program and continues to educate the broader public about the importance of social support, particularly for people who have experienced the loss of those closest to them. With this goal, Slaught recently promoted these programs on his blog, available at KennySlaught.com.
Keny Slaght, an avid philanthropist and real estate investor, is a long-time supporter of the I Have A Friend Mentor Program at Hospice of Santa Barbara. To raise awareness, Slaught has recently written favorably about the program on his blog at KennySlaught.com.