Architect George Washington Smith started the Spanish Colonial revival style nearly a century ago. He left Harvard to work in bond trading, and moved to Santa Barbara later for retirement. But, he was surprised at how much the locals liked the house he built and decided to continue designing for the city. He fused old styles with new ones, and brought authentic materials from Spain for his designs. Smith’s buildings are known for their gorgeous yet simple style. He became one of the Santa Barbara founding fathers, with many new artists following his lead. Kenny Slaught acknowledges the attentive eye that is requires to design such beautiful pieces.

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