George Washington Smith, a famous architect, developed the Spanish Colonial revival style almost 100 years ago. He left Harvard to pursue bond trading work, but relocated later to Santa Barbara to retire. Surprised by the success of the house he built, he continued to design for the locals. He brought materials from Spain and combined the old with the new. His structures are praised for their beauty and complexity, and he is considered a Santa Barbara founding father. Numerous architects followed his lead over the years. Kenny Slaught admires the keen eye to detail needed to develop such intricate buildings.