Real Estate Investor Kenny Slaught – On the Inspiration Behind Santa Barbara’s Charming Architecture
Kenny Slaught reflects on the keen eye and overall artistic excellence George Washington Smith brought to Santa Barbara almost 100 years ago. The famous architect is known for inspiring the California movement called the Spanish Colonial revival. He was a man who dropped out of Harvard to eventually become a successful bond trader. He moved to the Santa Barbara region for a relaxing lifestyle and planning to work leisurely on his painting abilities. He was surprised to realize that everyone loved the house he had designed, prompting him to continue creating architectural gems for other Californians. By using authentic materials from Spain and merging new and old world inspiration, Smith’s works are sought out and enjoyed for their simplistic beauty and complex design. Now known as a founding father of Santa Barbara, other architects have mirrored his style for years keeping the Spanish Colonial style embedded in Santa Barbara.