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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Related collection:
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Roger S. Hong Collection
    Dates: 1936-2001
    Bulk dates: 1960-1995
    Collection Number: archHong
    Creator: Hong, Roger S., 1941-2006.
    Extent: 8 flat boxes, 7 rolled-tube boxes, and 15 oversize folders
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, Rare Books Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Fax: (626) 449-5720
    Email: echase@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: 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.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.
    Note:
    Finding aid last updated on November 12, 2013.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open to qualified researchers. For more information, please contact Assistant Curator of Architecture and Photograph Collections.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or reproduce in any format must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Rare Books.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Roger S. Hong Collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Roger S. Hong, June 2006.

    Biographical Note

    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.
    Hong’s father, You Chung Hong (May 4, 1898 - November 8, 1977), was a prominent Chinese American immigration lawyer based in Los Angeles, California. He is reputed to be the first Chinese American to pass, in 1923, the California State Bar exam. Y. C. Hong was also one of the founders of Los Angeles’ New Chinatown (1938).

    Related collection:

    This collection includes material on Roger Hong’s business and community activities, along with many architectural project files.

    Scope and Content

    The Roger S. Hong Collection spans the years 1936-2001 and consists primarily of architectural drawings by Los Angeles architect Roger Hong dating from the 1960s to 2001, as well as earlier drawings of Los Angeles’ New Chinatown (1936-40s) by architects Erle Webster and Adrian Wilson. In the mid-1930s, all of Old Chinatown was demolished to make way for Union Station. Many of the displaced families and businesses went to the nearby 900 block of North Broadway and developed New Chinatown. The drawings by Webster & Wilson show the development of this historic area of Los Angeles through survey records, street plans and drawings for buildings for You Chung Hong.
    The collection also includes Roger Hong’s proposed revitalization plans for Chinatown, 1979-2001. These drawings and Hong’s other professional work in this collection are primarily for commercial projects. One exception is the Y. C. Hong residence, a modern home designed while Hong was starting his professional career at Buff & Hensman and Associates, and constructed in 1969. The collection also includes samplings of Hong’s professional work done while at various firms and in his capacity as private architectural consultant in the 1990s.
    Hong’s childhood artwork and work done while he was a student at the University of Southern California are also part of the collection, including his Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity scrapbooks, 1960-1962.

    Alternative Form of Materials Available

    Visit the Huntington Digital Library: You Chung Hong Family Collection   to view digitized items from this collection.

    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged in the following two series:
    • I. Personal papers, approximately 1950-2001
    • II. Project plans and drawings, 1936-2001

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Hong, Roger S., 1941-2006.
    Hong, You Chung, 1898-1977.

    Subjects

    Architects – California.
    Architecture -- California -- Los Angeles.
    Architecture -- Designs and plans.
    Chinese Americans -- California -- Los Angeles -- History.
    Chinese Americans -- Societies, etc.

    Geographic Areas

    Chinatown (Los Angeles, Calif.)

    Genre

    Architectural drawings.