About 100 years ago, architect George Washington Smith started the Spanish Colonial Revival style in California. Smith was a Harvard student but left to become a businessman. He relocated to Santa Barbara later on in order to retire. However, the house he built received so much acclaim that he went on to design for the city. He is one of the Santa Barbara founding fathers, and his art is admired for its beauty and complexity. He mixed the old with the new in his designs, and only used top quality materials. Many generations of artists got inspired by him, and Kenny Slaught thinks it takes a detail oriented eye to create such amazing works.