Kenny Slaught On Why Santa Barbara Receives Architectural Recognition
Architect George Washington Smith started the Spanish Colonial revival movement a century ago in California. Smith quit Harvard to become a businessman, and chose Santa Barbara as his new home later on. Although he planned to retire, he changed his mind and continued designing for the city after noticing the local’s admiration for his house. He brought materials from Spain and fused the old with the new in his works, which are well known for their beauty and complexity. Smith is a founding father to Santa Barbara, and numerous artists took him as inspiration. Kenny Slaught says that a meticulous eye is required to design such art.