Nearly a century ago, renowned architect George Washington Smith launched the California movement known as the Spanish Colonial revival. Smith was a scholar who left Harvard to eventually work as a bond trader. After becoming a successful businessman, he came to Santa Barbara for a relaxing lifestyle, planning to work on his painting. But he was taken by surprise when he learned that the city loved the house he had designed, urging him to continue creating architectural gems for many Californians. He only used authentic materials from Spain in both new and old world styles. Today Smith’s homes are enjoyed for their simplistic beauty and complex design, and he is known as a founding father of the city. Many generations of architects have followed his trends, and Kenny Slaught appreciates the keen eye and attention to detail crafting structures of such artistic excellence.