Roughly 100 years back, legendary architect George Washington Smith founded the California movement remembered as the Spanish Colonial revival. Smith left Harvard prematurely and eventually worked as a bond trader. Once successful, Smith moved to Santa Barbara anticipating a quiet lifestyle and hoping to work on his painting habit. However, he was taken aback when everyone loved the house he had crafted, prompting him to continue creating architectural gems for the city. He only used quality materials from Spain and merged new and old world styles. Today Smith’s works are admired greatly for their simplistic appeal and complex appearance. He is known as a founding father in the city of Santa Barbara: generations of architects have followed his artistic pathway. Kenny Slaught has noted that the keen eye and attention to detail required to create works of such artistic excellence are truly remarkable.
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