Kenny Slaught On Why Santa Barbara Receives Architectural Recognition
Architect George Washington Smith started the Spanish Colonial revival.style about 100 years ago in California. Smith left Harvard to become a bond trader, and moved to Santa Barbara later on after becoming wealthy. Although planning to retire, Smith was convinced by locals to continue designing buildings for the city. He mixed the old and new styles in his designs and brought materials directly from Spain. Smith’s creations are admired for their beauty and simplicity, and he is seen as a Santa Barbara founding father. Numerous architects were inspired by him, and Kenny Slaught recognizes the detail oriented eye needed to design such beautiful pieces.