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Finding Aid for the Rex Lotery papers, circa 1939-circa 2006 0000213
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  • Access
  • Custodial History note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Arrangement note
  • Scope and Content note
  • Related Archival Materials note

  • Title: Rex Lotery papers
    Identifier/Call Number: 0000213
    Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 23.65 Linear feet (19 half record storage boxes, 2 oversize flat boxes, 1 card file box, 3 flat file drawers, 1 model)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1939-circa 2006
    Location note: Boxes 1-22/ADC - regular 3 Flat File Drawers/ADC - flat files Rex Lotery residence (Santa Barbara) model/Mosher
    creator: Lotery, Rex, 1930-2007


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Custodial History note

    Gift of Fran Lotery, 2008.

    Preferred Citation note

    Rex Lotery papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Rex Lotery was born on August 19, 1930 in London, England. Lotery’s family immigrated to Manhattan in 1939 and later moved to Scarsdale, New York. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York in 1952. After graduating, Lotery worked as a draftsman for William Stevenson from 1953 to 1954. Between 1954 and 1955 he was a draftsman for the firm Barienbrock and Murry, before opening his own firm, which he established in Los Angeles in 1957. In 1969 Lotery became a partner in the firm Prin, Kahn, Kappe & Lotery, Architects & Planners. In 1978 the firm’s name changed to Kappe, Lotery, Boccato Architects/Planners. From 1984 to 1992 Lotery served as president of the Urban Innovations Group, an office associated with the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. Lotery’s more notable projects include: the Schacker house, the Lotery houses in Brentwood and Santa Barbara, the Kritzer house, the Freedman house, the Trousdale Development Company model house, the Santa Monica Bus Administration Facility, and several projects with the SRO Housing Corporation to rehabilitate hotels such as the Courtland Hotel in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles. Rex Lotery died in 2007.

    Arrangement note

    The following arrangement scheme for this collection was imposed during processing in the absence of a usable original order. The collection is organized in six series: personal papers, office files, reference, Rex Lotery architecture and design projects, Kahn Kappe Lotery Boccato architecture and design projects, and UIG architecture and design projects. The contents of the personal papers series are arranged chronologically by date of the materials. The office files series is arranged alphabetically by subject. The reference series is subdivided into three subseries: photographs and negatives, printed materials, and slides. The materials in each of these subseries are arranged alphabetically by subject. Each of the three architecture and design project series are arranged in subseries by client and subsequently arranged by format (for example: architectural drawings, photographs, project files, and slides).

    Scope and Content note

    The Rex Lotery papers span 34 linear feet and date from circa 1955 to circa 2002. The collection does not document all of Lotery’s work, but contains architectural drawings and reprographic copies for the following projects: Cate School, Colin residence addition, Montecito Union School, Schott residence, Lotery residence (Santa Barbara), Lotery residence (Los Angelels), Dirado residence, Trousdale Estates, Trousedale Condominiums, Parkes residence, Lassoff residence, Meghreblian residence, Phoenix of Santa Barbara, Schacker residence, Tillman residence, Santa Ana Urban, Goodwin Condominiums, Brickman residence, and two unidentified residences. The collection also includes publications, Cry California: The Journal of California Tomorrows (issues span the years 1962-1983), Architectural Record, and House and Home, among others; magazine and newspaper clippings; architectural reference books; Lotery’s awards and diplomas; slides; photographic prints arranged by project; negatives; Lotery’s Rolodex; contracts and billing documents arranged by project; strategic plans and reports; and a rough study model of the Lotery residence in Santa Barbara.

    Related Archival Materials note

    Charles Moore and Urban Innovations Group drawings and model, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.
    Ray Kappe papers, 1954-2007, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accesssion no. 2008.M.36

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Lotery, Rex, 1930-2007
    Architectural drawings
    Architecture -- California -- 20th century
    Architecture -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th Century
    Architecture -- California -- Santa Barbara -- 20th century
    Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
    Color slides
    Photographic prints
    Reprographic copies