George Washington Smith is a full-length monograph that surveys the work of the father of the Spanish-Colonial Revival style. Beginning with the building of his own house in Santa Barbara, Smith created his signature designs based on centuries-old Andalusian structures he saw while traveling through Europe. Enclosed courtyards, shady balconies, cool tiles, and bubbling fouGeorge Washington Smith is a full-length monograph that surveys the work of the father of the Spanish-Colonial Revival style. Beginning with the building of his own house in Santa Barbara, Smith created his signature designs based on centuries-old Andalusian structures he saw while traveling through Europe. Enclosed courtyards, shady balconies, cool tiles, and bubbling fountains make up the Spanish-Colonial Revival style, and it was perfect for the warm Mediterranean-like Southern California climate....
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George Washington Smith: Architect of the Spanish-Colonial Revival Reviews
George Washington Smith was one of the most influential architects in one of the most influential styles (Spanish Colonial Revival) in one of the most influential cities for this style (Santa Barbara) in the 1920s. This book combines biographical information as well as a breakdown of specific works over his surpisingly short career of a decade. Trained as a painter with some architectural background in the Beaux-Arts traidition, Smith did not set out to become an architect. After visiting southern Europe, however, he designed a Spanish-style home for himself. Impressed by his home's design, Smith's friends asked him to design similar homes for them. Smith's buildings offer a historically-informed, climatically-appropriate style for Southern California with a tasteful amount of restraint and understatement. Most of his works were modeled on rustic Spanish village and farmhouses, although Smith's versatility is evident in his exploration of Italian, Norman, and even one Byzantine-inspired home. I was also surprised about how influential his collaborators were, especially Lutah Maria Riggs. There is a wonderful appendix of every home that Smith designed. From the author:"From his first house (his own) to his final house (the Culley House), George Washington Smith left us fine examples of revival architecture that transcend their traditional mode, becoming works of art in their own right and remaining completely at home in their garden environments. In his ten years of architectural practice, he left a remarkable legacy. Many of his buildings are considered masterpieces, and any single structure would perhaps have been enough to provide him his well-deserved place in architectural history. He maintained an exceptionally high level of quality in all his work. Smiths' buildings have a serenity and charm that rest on a balance of the masses, fine proportions, and use of details that transcend their own time. (p.149)"