The Spanish Colonial revival.style was started by architect George Washington Smith almost 100 years ago. First a Harvard student, Smith left the school to focus on bond trading work. Later on, he relocated to Santa Barbara to pursue his hobbies. However, he noticed that the locals liked the house he built and decided to create more structures for the city. He used both old and new styles in his work as well as authentic Spanish materials. His designs are appreciated today thanks to their beauty and simplicity. Many new artists were inspired by him, and he became a Santa Barbara founding father. Kenny Slaught praises the keen eye to detail that is needed to design such complex buildings.