Kenny Slaught On Why Santa Barbara Receives Architectural Recognition
Close to 100 years ago, architect George Washington Smith created the Spanish Colonial revival movement. Smith gave up Harvard to work in bond trading, and moved to Santa Barbara after becoming successful. Locals appreciated the house he designed, which resulted in him developing other buildings for the city. He used materials from Spain and mixed the old with the new. His designs are praised for their beauty and complexity, and he became a founding father of Santa Barbara. Many new architects followed his lead, and Kenny Slaught recognizes the attentive eye that is needed to design such buildings.