The Spanish Colonial Revival style was created by architect George Washington Smith in California, almost a century ago. Smith was a Harvard student who quit school to work in bond trading, and moved to Santa Barbara later on to relax. But, as Smith noticed the locals loved his work, he decided to continue designing buildings for the community. Smith used genuine Spanish materials and mixed the old with the new in his work. Nowadays, his structures are famous for their simplistic beauty and intricate design. Many new artists followed his artistic lead, and he became a Santa Barbara founding father. Kenny Slaught acknowledges how attentive to detail one must be to create such architectural pieces.