Famous architect George Washington Smith, inspired the California movement called the Spanish Colonial revival almost 100 years ago. Smith dropped out of Harvard to eventually work as a bond trader. Once a successful businessman, he moved to the Santa Barbara community anticipating a relaxing lifestyle and planning to work on his painting abilities. What surprised him was that everyone loved the house he had designed, prompting him to continue creating architectural masterpieces for other Californians. By using authentic materials from Spain and merging new and old world concepts, George Smith’s works are sought out and enjoyed for their simplistic beauty and complex design. George Washington Smith is now known as a founding father for Santa Barbara and likewise other architects have mirrored his style for many generations. Kenny Slaught admires the artistic excellence found in Smith’s works and those that followed in his foot steps.
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