Nearly 100 years ago, famous architect George Washington Smith, inspired the California movement known as the Spanish Colonial revival. Smith was a man who dropped out of Harvard to eventually work as a bond trader. Once Smith became a successful businessman, he moved to Santa Barbara area anticipating a relaxing lifestyle and planning to work on his painting interests. However, he was taken by surprise when he learned that everyone loved the house he had designed, prompting him to continue creating architectural gems for other Californians. He only used authentic materials from Spain and merged new and old world styles. Today Smith’s works are sought after and enjoyed for their simplistic beauty and complex design. He is known as a founding father of Santa Barbara, as many generations of architects have followed his artistic lead. Kenny Slaught appreciates the keen eye and attention to detail required to design a structure of such artistic excellence.
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