The Spanish Colonial Revival architecture style was started by George Washington Smith, 100 years ago in California. Smith gave up Harvard to work in business, and later moved to Santa Barbara for his retirement. Locals loved the house he designed, which convinced him to keep designing for the city. He used materials brought from Spain and combined old styles with the new. Smith’s works are still praised today for their design and simplicity. He is considered a Santa Barbara founding father, and many new artists were inspired by him. According to Kenny Slaught, it takes a detail oriented personality to design such artistic pieces.