George Washington Smith: Architect of the Spanish Colonial Revival
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 fountains make up the Spanish-Colonial Revival style, and it was perfect for the warm Mediterranean-like Southern California climate.
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This is the "go to" book for a synopsis of a GWS house or public building and is a great resource for real estate agents and their clients who want to understand why his buildings work so well and last so long in Santa Barbara and Montecito. Great general reference book for anyone doing a restoration. GWS homes are treasures!
Mrs. Gebhard has done an exemplary job of giving us the biography of this important 20th century architect who was the creator and master of Spanish Revival architecture. It is an essential book for anyone interested in Spanish Revival architecture in Southern California, and especially informative for anyone living in Santa Barbara who wishes to understand the history and characteristics of the built community around him. The biography and the project descriptions are crucial in understanding the beginnings and philosophy of the architectural style that gained momentum in the 1920s and serves as a benchmark for quality design today.
A must-read for architectural historians and all who wonder about the origins of Southern California's special architectural heritage.
The Early Years
Santa Barbara Architecture in the 1920s
Smith Builds His Architectural Practice