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Description
Roger S. Hong was an architect who worked primarily on commercial projects in California from the 1960s-2001. Hong was actively involved in efforts to revitalize Chinatown in Los Angeles, and the collection features early drawings of the building of “New Chinatown” in the late 1930s, and proposals by Hong for renovations and improvements in the 1980s-2000s. The collection also includes samples of Hong's other professional projects, as well as his childhood artwork, student work, and Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity scrapbooks (1960-1962) from the University of Southern California.
Background
Roger S. Hong (September 23, 1941 - October 27, 2006) was born in Los Angeles, California, the youngest son of You Chung Hong (Y. C. Hong) and Mabel Hong. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California in 1965, followed by a Master of Science degree in City and Regional Planning in 1968. He was certified in many states, including California, to practice as a licensed architect. Some of his notable architectural projects include: the Thomas & Mack Center arena at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; the United Bank headquarters (Los Angeles, CA); Kun Lun Hotel (Beijing, China); Hotel Nikko (Beverly Hills, CA); the Y. C. Hong residence (Los Angeles, CA); Chieh Shou Sports Park (Taipei, Taiwan); Kaiser Richmond Medical Center (Richmond, CA); Froedtert Memorial Hospital (University of Milwaukee, WI); KCET Public Television headquarters (Los Angeles, CA); and various buildings and facilities in and around the Los Angeles Chinatown area. After working at several firms, he co-founded the architectural firm Arechaederra/Hong/Treiman Architects in 1981. Hong retired from his firm in 1993 and devoted himself to preserving the Hong family history, the restoration and preservation of Los Angeles' Chinatown, and various charitable and community causes.
Extent
8 flat boxes, 7 rolled-tube boxes, and 15 oversize folders
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish or reproduce in any format must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Rare Books.
Availability
Collection is open to qualified researchers. For more information, please contact Assistant Curator of Architecture and Photograph Collections.