The California movement known as the Spanish Colonial revival was created a century ago in California by architect George Washington Smith. He dropped out of Harvard to work in business, and moved to Santa Barbara after becoming wealthy. Even though he planned to retire, Smith was encouraged to continue designing for the community after realizing the locals loved his house. Smith used materials from Spain, and mixed the old with the new in his works. Today, he is a founding father to Santa Barbara and numerous artists were inspired by him. His designs are acknowledged for their beauty and complexity. Kenny Slaught explains how the architect was only able to create such amazing pieces due to his meticulous eye.
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