Finding Aid for the Gregory Ain papers, 1926-1972 0000104

Finding aid prepared by Alex Hauschild
The finding aid for this collection was made possible by a Getty Foundation Archival Arrangement & Description Grant.
Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Arts Building Room 1434
University of California
Santa Barbara, California, 93106-7130

Title: Gregory Ain papers
Identifier/Call Number: 0000104
Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 49.5 Linear feet (6 boxes, 13 flat file drawers, and 2 models)
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1935-1971
Date (inclusive): 1926-1972
creator: Ain, Gregory, 1908-1988 -- Archives


Open for use by qualified researchers.

Custodial History note

Gift of Gregory Ain, 1978.

Preferred Citation note

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

Biographical/Historical note

Gregory Ain (1908-1988) was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of a Russian-born socialist. His family moved to Los Angeles in 1911 and for a year lived in the experimental farming collective, Llano del Rio, in the Antelope Valley. Ain attended UCLA and went on to study architecture at the University of Southern California. In 1927 Ain left without graduating, due to his frustrations with the school’s Beaux Arts teaching methods. He worked for Schindler intermittently in the early 1930s and Richard Neutra between 1930 and 1935. Ain began his independent architectural practice in 1935. In 1940, he received a Guggenheim Foundation grant to study low-cost pre-fabricated housing. Ain worked frequently with the modernist California landscape architect Garrett Eckbo and with architects Joseph Johnson and Alfred Day, especially on housing tracts, such as his Park Planned Homes and Avenel Homes. Ain taught at the University of Southern California and in the 1960s became the Dean of the School of Architecture at Pennsylvania State University. Gregory Ain died on January 9, 1988.

Scope and Content note

The Gregory Ain papers span 49.5 linear feet and date from 1926 to 1972. The collection primarily contains correspondence, clippings, writings, photographs and architectural sketches and drawings. The collection also includes landscape designs by Garrett Eckbo and the works Ain produced in collaboration with the architects Joseph Johnson and Alfred Day.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Ain, Gregory, 1908-1988 -- Archives
Day, Alfred Waite
Eckbo, Garrett
Johnson, Joseph Leupp, 1911-1987
Architect-designed furniture -- United States -- 20th century
Architects -- California
Architectural drawings
Architectural photographs
Architecture -- California -- 20th century
Architecture -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th Century
Architecture -- United States -- 20th century -- Sources
Architecture, Modern -- 20th century -- California
Architecture, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- Los Angeles
Dwellings -- Design and construction -- Economic aspects -- United States
Furniture design
Los Angeles (Calif.) Buildings, structures, etc.
Modern movement (Architecture) -- California
Photographic prints
Prefabricated houses -- United States


Personal Papers Series I. 1949-1971

Physical Description: 0.02 Linear feet

Correspondence A. 1966

Physical Description: 0.0 Linear feet
Box 1, Folder 1

Florence 1966


Financial B. 1970-1971

Physical Description: 0.0 Linear feet
Box 1, Folder 2

Check Book 1970-1971

Physical Description: 0.0

Writing C. 1949

Physical Description: 0.0 Linear feet
Box 1, Folder 3

"Redstring Ben Nana" 1949


Professional Papers Series II. 1940-1971

Physical Description: 0.1 Linear feet

Writings A. 1943-1970

Physical Description: 0.08 Linear feet
Box 1, Folder 4

Bulletin for Southern California Chapter, A.I.A. 1948-1949

Box 1, Folder 5

"Designs for Postwar Living," California Arts and Architecture 1943

Box 1, Folder 6

"The Flexible House Faces Reality," Los Angeles Times Home Magazine 1951

Box 1, Folder 7

"Form Follows Function," Architectural Record 1965

Box 1, Folder 8

"In Search of Theory VI," Arts and Architecture 1966

Box 1, Folder 9

Journal of the American Institute of Architects 1949

Box 1, Folder 10

"Letter to the Editor," Arts and Architecture 1964

Box 1, Folder 11

"An Open Letter to the A.I.A.," A.I.A. Journal 1970

Box 1, Folder 12

"Small Scale Prefabrication," Proof Sheet N.D.


Awards B. 1940-1971

Physical Description: 0.02 Linear feet
Box 1, Folder 13

A.I.A. Fellowship Nomination 1971

Box 1, Folder 14

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Fellowship 1940


Research Notes C. N.D.

Physical Description: 0.0 Linear feet
Box 1, Folder 15

Miscellaneous N.D.


Reference Files D. 1944-1971

Physical Description: 0.0 Linear feet
Box 1, Folder 16

Miscellaneous 1944; 1971


Office Records Series III. 1935-1979

Physical Description: 0.51 Linear feet

Correspondence A. N.D.

Physical Description: 0.0 Linear feet
Box 1, Folder 17

Unidentified N.D.


Clippings B. 1935-1979

Physical Description: 0.47 Linear feet
Box 1, Folder 18

Bibliography of G. Ain's Work and Writings 1935-1966

Box 1, Folder 19

Advance Development Co.: Mar Vista Housing, Venice, CA 1948-1979

Box 1, Folder 20

Avenel Homes: Los Angeles, CA 1948

Box 1, Folder 21

Ain, Gregory: Residence, Los Angeles, CA 1941

Box 1, Folder 22

Becker, T.: Residence, Los Angeles, CA 1938

Box 1, Folder 23

Beckman, A.D.: Residence, Los Angeles, CA 1938

Box 1, Folder 24

Brownfield, Dr. Bernard: Medical Building, Los Angeles, CA 1938-1939

Box 1, Folder 25

Byler, Albert: Residence, Los Angeles, CA 1937;1941

Box 1, Folder 26

Co-Operative Housing in the San Fernando Valley 1945-1946

Box 1, Folder 27

Daniel, Mrs. Urcel: Residence, Los Angeles, CA 1939

Box 1, Folder 28

Dunsmuir Flats: Los Angeles, CA 1937

Box 1, Folder 29

Eaton, Marjorie: Residence, Palo Alto, CA 1939;1959

Box 1, Folder 30

Edwards, C.H.: Residence, Los Angeles, CA 1936-1937

Box 1, Folder 31

Ernst, Anselem A.: Residence, Los Angeles, CA 1937

Box 1, Folder 32

Hay, Margaret: Residence, Los Angeles, CA 1938

Box 1, Folder 33

Hoffman, Richard: Residence, Los Angeles, CA 1938-1939

Box 1, Folder 34

Hollywood Guilds and Unions: Office Building, Los Angeles, CA 1947

Box 1, Folder 35

Hurschler, J.L.: Residence, Pasadena, CA 1950-1952

Box 1, Folder 36

Kenny, Robert W.: Office Building, Los Angeles, CA 1946-1948

Box 1, Folder 37

Kulka, Dr. Anna: Apartment Building, Los Angeles, CA 1956

Box 1, Folder 38

Leshing, Michael: Apartment Building, Los Angeles, CA 1945

Box 1, Folder 39

McAll's Magazine House for Harold A. Butler 1947; 1949-1951

Box 1, Folder 40

Mesner, Leo: Residence, Los Angeles, CA 1951, 1954

Box 1, Folder 41

Metz, Ronald: Residence, Hollywood, CA 1947-1948

Box 1, Folder 42

Miller, Dr. Hyman: Residence, Los Angeles, CA 1947

Box 1, Folder 43-44

Museum of Modern Art and Woman's Home Companion: Exhibition House, New York 1950

Box 1, Folder 45

One Family Defense House 1939-1940

Box 1, Folder 46

One Hundred Fifty-Third Street School: School Building, Gardena, CA 1957

Box 1, Folder 47

Park Planned Homes: Altadena, CA 1946-1947

Box 1, Folder 48

Scharer, Robert: Residence, Los Angeles, CA 1948;1953;1960

Box 1, Folder 49

Scharlin, A.: Residence, Los Angeles, CA 1937;1939

Box 1, Folder 50

Tarter, Albert: Residence, Los Angeles, CA 1946

Box 1, Folder 51

Tierman, Samuel: Residence, Los Angeles, CA 1939

Box 1, Folder 52

U.S. Plywood Company: Office Interiors Remodeling, Los Angeles, CA 1940

Box 1, Folder 53

Vorkapich, Slavko: Garden House, Beverly Hills, CA 1938

Box 1, Folder 54

"What I Believe...," Los Angeles Times 1955

Box 1, Folder 55

Wilfong, John C.: Residence, Altadena, CA 1949


Daily Planners C. 1966

Physical Description: 0.04 Linear feet
Box 1, Folder 56

Daily Planner 1966


Project Records Series IV.

creator: Ain, Gregory, 1908-1988

Files A.


see Project Index

Photographs B.


see Project Index

Drawings C.


see Project Index

Project Index Series V. 1935-1971

FlatFile 508/14-16, Box 2/82-85, Drawer 508/4

Advanced Development Company Mar Vista Houses 1946-1948

Project summary

Address: Venice, CA, USA. Date: 1946-48. Built?: Yes. Photographer?: Julius Shulman; Don Mohr; Garnder-Rand; Marvin Rand; Lee Weber Collaborator?: Eckbo, Royston and Williams, Joseph Johnson, and Alfred Day. Drawings (drawer/folder): 508/14-16 Boards: none. Manuscript (box/folder): none. Photographs (box/folder): 2/82-85, 508/4 (drawer/folder). Model: none. Furniture: none.
FlatFile 508/12

Aidlin, Joseph Office Interiors Cabinets 1953-1954

Project Summary

Address: Los Angeles, CA, USA. Date: 1953-54. Built?: Yes. Photographer?: Collaborator?: . Drawings (drawer/folder): 508/12 Boards: none. Manuscript (box/folder): none. Photographs (box/folder): none. Model: none. Furniture: none.

Ain, Gregory Student Project, UC Southern Branch 1926

Project Summary

Address: CA USA Dates: 1926 Built: Yes Photographer: Collaborator:

Ain, Gregory Apartment-Studio


Ain, Gregory, Office for Architect


Ain, Gregory House [originally designed for Ruth March Ain]


Ain, Gregory, Miscellaneous Furniture Designs


Ain, Gregory, Office Building


Ain, Gregory, Logo


Ain, Mrs. C., Furniture


Aladdin Records, Office Building


Albert, Samuel House , “Outpost”


All Gas Kitchen Kitchen Planning Board, Southern California Gas Company


Asher, Dr. William M., House Remodeling


Atkinson, Ralph B., House


Avenel Homes Two Five-Family Dwellings


Ayoob, Fred, Apartment Buildings


Barrett, Dr. Eric, House


Barrett, Dr. Wesley, House Remodeling


Beach Apartment, Apartment


Bear Grille and Liquor Shop, Commercial Building


Becker, I., House


Beckman, A.O., House


Beckman, A.O., House Repairs to Eroded Bank


Bela, Nicholas, Furniture


Berg, Benjamin, House


Berg, Benjamin, House Remodeling


Berg, Benjamin, House


Blumstein, Dr. A., House


Bolles Family , Garden


Bradner, A.R., House Remodeling


Breakfast Club. Layout of Grounds


Briehi, Dr. Walter, Medical Office Building


Brown, Sydney, House Remodeling


Brownfield, Dr. Bernard, Medical Building


Brunswick and Saunders, Rental Apartment Development


Burkett, R. C., House Garden


Byler, Albert E., House Remodeling


Caro, Jacobina , House


Clay, Clifton, House Remodeling


Clifford Street School, School Buildings


Cohn, Morris, Extension Table


Cohn, Morris, House Remodeling


Cohn, Morris, Office Remodeling


Cole, Alexander, House


Community Homes, Incorporated, Houses


Cooperative Housing in the San Fernando Valley, Houses


Dahlstrom, Grant, House


Daniel, Urcel (became Mrs. Martin Irons), House


Darby, Mrs., House


Day, Al, House


Dickinson, Holley, House


Domela, Jan, House Studio


Dunsmuir Flats, Houses


E. J. S. Corporation, Office Interior Remodeling


Eaton, Marjorie, Adobe House Remodeling


Edwards, Charles H., House


Eisenstadt, House


Elterman, David I., House Remodeling


Ernst, Anselem A., House


Ernst, Anselem A., Second House


Evans and Zukin Construction Company, Apartment House


Farm Workers Community, Housing Community


Farmer, Bert, House


Feldman, Dr. Fred, House


Firestone, Dr. M., House


Flea Market, Inc., unknown


Frank, Dr. Martha, Nursery School Building


Frumkes, Dr. George, Medical Office Interior


Gallas, Dr. Digby, House


Gantvoort, W. F., House


Gateway to Music, Commercial Building Exterior Remodeling


General Electric Model House


Getty, J. Paul Museum, Museum Building Remodeling


Ginoza, Dr. William, House


Glazer , Duplex


Gold, Louis, House


Goldberg, Dr. I., Class “D” Market Building


Goldberg, Dr. I., House


Goldman, Lawrence, House


Goldman, Lawrence, House


Gordon, Don, House


Gray, Leslie, House


Gross, H., Market Building


Hacienda Village, Extension for Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles


Hain, Harold, Commercial Buildings Remodeling


Hamilton Methodist Church, Church Building


Hanschiegl, James, House


Harris, Phil, City Refrigeration Company


Hartford-Mandell, House


Haun, Jim, House


Hausner, Dr. Eric, House Remodeling


Hay, Margaret, House


Henderson, J. Ford, House


Hirschfield’s Department Store, Commercial Building


Hoffmann, Richard, House


Hollywood Guilds and Unions, Council of; Office Building


Homasote , Panel House


Horne, Lena, House Remodeling


Humm, Dr. Doncaster G., House


Hunter, Drs., House


Hural, Alexander, House, Apartment and Garages


Hurschler, J. L., House Iron Bird Bath


Julber, Ovady, Furniture (Bed)


Kahan, Robert, House Remodeling


Kahan, Robert, Office Interiors


Kaufmann, Heinz, House


Kaye, Dr. Leon, House


Kenny and Cohn, Office Building


Kenny, Robert W., Office Building


Kenny, Robert W. (Roberts and Morris), Office Building


Kerby, Phil, House Remodeling


Kulka, Dr. Anna, Apartment Building


Lazarus, S. M., House Remodeling


Leeds, Mr. and Mrs. Charles T., Jr., Residence


Legere, Barbara, Kitchen Remodeling


Leshing, Michael, Apartment Building


Lewin, Howard, House


Lewis, Ruth, Office Building Remodeling


Lovell, House Remodeling


Low-Cost Community Housing Development, Houses


Lucile Homes, Incorporated, Houses


Ludwig, Ella, House


MacMillan, Dr. Robert, House


Margolin, I., Company, Lobby


Margolis, Ben, House


Matthews, W. Boyd, House


Mayers, Henry, Studio


McCall’s Magazine, House (for Harold A. Butler)


Mesner, Edward, House Remodeling


Mesner, Leo, House


Mesner, Leo, House


Mesner, Leo, House


Metz, Donald, House


Miller, Dr. Hyman, House


Misch, Louis S., House


Model Plywood House, House


Mosk, Bertha, Grave Stone


Moss, Wolf William, House


Museum of Modern Art and Woman’s Home Companion, Exhibition House


Neutra, Richard J., Pent House Apartment: Building


North-East of Capistrano School, New Plant Building (for Los Angeles City Board of Education)


Oliver, William T., House


One Family Defense House, House


One Hundred Fifty-Third Street School, School Buildings


Orans, Alice, House


Park Planned Homes, Houses


Parker, Robert H., House


Pecan Avenue Community Building


Plywood Panel System


Pottle, E. W., House


Ralphs, Walter W., Jr., House


Raymond and Raymond, Storage Display Cases (for Hilde Swarthe)


Rich Steel Company, Office Building


Rivlin, Fred, House


Roth, House


Rourke, George, House


Rush City Reformed, Air Terminal


Salkin, Leo and Tarter, Albert, Houses


Schairer, Robert, House


Scharlin, A., House Cabinetry


Schauer, Eric, House


Scheyer, Galka, House Remodeling


Schmidt, James, House


Shapiro, A., Garden House


Silvers, J. Jerry, House


Skolnik, S., House


Sloate, Nathan, House


Smith, Gene E., House


Sosin, Dr. Max, House


Stoltz, Herbert, House


Stutz, Messrs. M. and S., Commercial Building Exterior Remodeling


Suzette Dress Shop, unknown


Tarter, Albert, House


Tarter, Albert, House


Tasem, Dr. Walter, House


Temple Street Corporation, Office Building


Tierman, Samuel, House


Tufeld, B. J., Commercial Building Exterior Remodeling


Tufeld, Richard, House Remodeling


Typical Panel for Unit Construction, unknown


Unidentified Photographs


Unidentified Projects


Unidentified Specifications


United Lodge of Theosophists, Meeting Hall


United Rubber Workers of America, Assembly Hall Office Building


United States Plywood Company, Office Interiors Remodeling


Victoria Section Dominguez Regional Park, Director’s Building


Von Breton, Count Hamilton, House


Vorkapich, Slavko, Garden House


Wahlberg, Agnar, House


Weiss, Jack, Araby Oasis Apartment Building


Westchester Municipal Building, unknown


Weston, Brett, Studio


Whiskers, Billie, House


Wilfong, John C., House


William T. Thompson Company, House Remodeling


Winchell, Verne, House


Wolf, Goldie and Leo Mesner, Apartment Buildings


Yates, Peter, House Remodeling


Zachary, Irving and Associates, Fontana Project


Zanders, Charles and Leo Mesner, Apartment Houses Remodeling


Zeitlin, Jake, Commercial Building Remodeling


Ziskind, David, House Remodeling Garden Design