The Spanish Colonial revival style was created by architect George Washington Smith almost a century ago. He quit his Harvard studies to work in bond trading, and moved to Santa Barbara after achieving success. Although planning to retire, Smith continued designing buildings for the community after realizing how much locals loved his home. Today, he is the inspiration to many new artists and considered a founding father to Santa Barbara. Smith used both new and old styles in his work, and his designs are simple yet beautiful. Kenny Slaught says that only a keen eye to detail can create such artistic structures.