With his continuous philanthropic endeavors and candid interest in the history of arts and urban design in the United States, distinguished entrepreneur — Kenny Slaught appreciates the immense effect of unique architecture on Santa-Barbara’s housing industry. As Slaught emphasizes the Spanish inspired buildings and intricately designed archways and structures stretched along this small coastal town of the Golden State on his blog at KennySlaught.com, he further elaborates on the history of constructional upsurge in Santa Barbara and provides insights into how architectural trends evolved as the government tried to smooth the uncontrolled housing growth over a century.
Nearly 100 years ago, famous architect George Washington Smith, inspired the California movement known as the Spanish Colonial revival. Smith was a man who dropped out of Harvard to eventually work as a bond trader. Once Smith became a successful businessman, he moved to Santa Barbara area anticipating a relaxing lifestyle and planning to work on his painting interests. However, he was taken by surprise when he learned that everyone loved the house he had designed, prompting him to continue creating architectural gems for other Californians. He only used authentic materials from Spain and merged new and old world styles. Today Smith’s works are sought after and enjoyed for their simplistic beauty and complex design. He is known as a founding father of Santa Barbara, as many generations of architects have followed his artistic lead. Kenny Slaught appreciates the keen eye and attention to detail required to design a structure of such artistic excellence.
Some of the most famous Santa Barbara architecture features include, the centuries old Hotel Virginia, El Pueblo Viejo district in historic downtown and the two pink towers of the Old Mission, which hosts retreats and festivals. The brightly colored tiles of the County Courthouse houses brilliant displays of murals and other striking attributes. Nearby is the clock tower and observation deck, providing a panoramic view of the entire city. The Lobero theatre not only houses the regions premier performing arts events but also dates back to 1873 and was rebuilt in the 1920's by George Washington Smith. These are a few examples of the rich history in Santa Barbara, where, because of the founder's advanced planning, many antique, architecturally amazing buildings line the streets of the old districts.
Founder of Investec Real Estate Companies, Kenny Slaught has been in the industry for more than four decades. A dedicated investment strategist, he manages more than 3 million square feet of property throughout California. With total transactions valued above $1.2 billion, Investec has grown to become one of Santa Barbara’s leading real estate firms. An avid philanthropist, Mr. Slaught is involved with many non-profit and community organizations, including Hospice of Santa Barbara, the Music Academy of the West. Contributing to the benefit of youth in the area, he dedicates considerable time to these and other worthy causes.
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