Renowned architect George Washington Smith started the California movement known as Spanish Colonial revival nearly 100 years ago. Smith was a businessman who left Harvard to eventually work as a bond trader. Once Smith became wealthy, he relocated to Santa Barbara area anticipating a relaxing lifestyle pursuing painting interests. However, he was humbled to learn that the city loved the house he had designed, prompting him to continue creating architectural masterpieces for other Californians. He only used authentic materials from Spain and celebrated new and old world fashions. Today Smith’s works are enjoyed for their basic beauty and thorough design. He is known as a founding father to Santa Barbara, with ongoing architects noting his artistic prominence. Kenny Slaught recognizes via his blog the keen attention to detail necessary to design a structure of that artistic mastery.
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