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Southern California Architecture

A guide to Southern California architecture, landscape and design materials at The Huntington Library.

Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal, ca. 1935, John & Donald Parkinson, architects, Edward Warren Hoak, chief designer.

The Huntington Library's principal architecture and planning holdings relate to Southern California. As a result of focused collecting activity from the late 1970s to the present, the library holds approximately 40,000 plans, renderings, photographs and project records from approximately 1900 to 1960. Chief among these are archives for some of the region's most influential architects including Morgan, Walls & Clements, Wallace Neff, James Dolena, Florence Yoch and Lucile Council, Edward Warren Hoak, the Foss Construction Company and Samuel Lunden.

Important material related to the built and landscaped environment is also present in the library's photographic collections, including the work of Maynard L. Parker, William M. Clarke, the Harold Parker Studio, the "Dick" Whittington Studio and the records of Southern California Edison. Since the early 1980s, The Huntington has housed the documents, reports and Federal Works Progress Administration land use maps from the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Department and the Los Angeles City Department of Planning.


Learn more about Southern California architecture, landscape design and planning collections:

For detailed information about house history research and digital resources, see our Additional Resources page.

 
Image credit: Edwin Warren Hoak, Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal, ca. 1935. archHoak Broadside 1. Edward Warren Hoak Collection. Gift of Mrs. Edward Warren Hoak, 1979.

Access

The Huntington Library's collections are open to current readers and qualified researchers by prior application to the Reader Services Department. Alternatively, requests for reproductions are welcome from all researchers and the public. 

To learn more about The Huntington Library's access policy and Imaging Services options, see our Researching at The Huntington Library guide. 

Current readers may learn how to request collections for viewing in the Ahmanson Reading Room by visiting our Access Rare Materials page.