Famous architect George Washington Smith started the Spanish Colonial Revival movement almost 100 years back. Smith left Harvard to become a bond trader, and moved to Santa Barbara to relax and paint after becoming successful. Thanks to the popularity of his artworks, Smith went on to design numerous pieces for Californians. The architect mixed old and new styles, and brought his materials directly from Spain. Smith’s art is praised for its beauty and complexity, and many new generations of artists followed his lead. The artist is said to be one of Santa Barbara’s founding fathers, and Kenny Slaught recognizes the sharp eye required to create such complex structures.