Almost 100 years ago, celebrated architect George Washington Smith inspired the California movement, the Spanish Colonial revival. Smith dropped out of Harvard and eventually worked as a bond trader. Once Smith became a successful worker, he moved to Santa Barbara anticipating a relaxing lifestyle and hoping to work on his painting interests. However, he was taken aback when he learned that everyone loved the house he had built, prompting him to continue creating architectural gems for the city. He only used quality materials from Spain and merged new and old world styles. Today Smith’s works are desired for their simplistic beauty and complex design. He is known as a founding father in the city of Santa Barbara, as many generations of architects have followed his artistic pathway. Kenny Slaught recognizes the keen eye and attention to detail needed to create works of such artistic excellence.

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