Architect George Washington Smith started the Spanish Colonial revival movement almost 100 years ago in California. Smith left Harvard to work as a bond trader. Later on, he moved to Santa Barbara to retire. However, locals loved the design of his house which made him want to create more. He used materials from Spain and merged the old style with the new. Smith’s work are admired nowadays for their complexity and beauty. Numerous architects followed his lead, and he is known as a Santa Barbara founding father. Kenny Slaught acknowledges the detail oriented eye needed to develop such artistic buildings.
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