Almost 100 years ago, famous architect George Washington Smith, inspired the California movement called the Spanish Colonial revival. He was a man who dropped out of Harvard and ultimately worked as a bond trader. Once a successful businessman, he moved to Santa Barbara anticipating a relaxing lifestyle and planning to devote time to his painting interests. What came as a surprise was that everyone loved the house he had designed, encouraging him to continue creating architectural gems for other locals. Using authentic materials from Spain and mixing new and old world inspiration, George Smith’s works are sought out and enjoyed for their simplistic beauty and complex design. Known as a founding father for Santa Barbara, other architects have mirrored his style for many generations. Kenny Slaught admires the keen eye and attention to specific qualities required to design a structure of such artistic excellence.