Kenny Slaught, a Santa Barbara real estate professional, discovered that almost 100 years ago, famous architect George Washington Smith, inspired the California movement called the Spanish Colonial revival. George was a man who dropped out of prestigious Harvard, to eventually work as a bond trader. Once he became a successful businessman, he moved to the region expecting a relaxing lifestyle and planning to work on his painting abilities. He was surprised to learn that everyone loved his house, that he had designed, which lead him to continue creating architectural gems for other Californians. Keeping true to artistic design, he used authentic materials from Spain and combined new and old world inspiration for his creations. George Smith’s works are highly sought after and are enjoyed for their simplistic beauty and complex design. George is now known as a founding father of Santa Barbara and subsequently other architects have mirrored his style for many generations, which has bolstered Santa Barbara in keeping up its Spanish Colonial style.

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Kenny Slaught – Discusses the History of Architecture in Santa Barbara

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