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Inventory of the Myron Hubbard Hunt Collection, 1815-1957, bulk 1915-1932
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The most important subject is the life and architectural work of Myron Hunt, but quantitatively, the collection is weighted toward the story of Pasadena from 1903 to 1946. The papers are divided into four very divergent sub-groups
Myron Hubbard Hunt (1868-1952), prominent Southern California architect, was a native of Massachusetts, studied at Northwestern University in Chicago and the school of architecture at the Massachusetts School of Technology in Boston. In 1893 he married Harriette Hollond Boardman. They spent two years abroad while Hunt studied great architecture in Europe. Mrs. Hunt kept the journals of their travels. She was the granddaughter of Henry Augustus Boardman (1808-1880), Presbyterian clergyman in Philadelphia, author, and a director of the Princeton Seminary. After the return of the young couple from Europe, Hunt joined the architectural firm of Hartwell & Richardson in Boston, then went to Chicago with Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge. During this latter period his wife spent long periods in North and South Carolina because of her delicate health. In 1903 the Hunts moved to California hoping her health would improve. Hunt entered a partnership with the leading architect, Elmer Gray, from 1903 to 1908, had his own office from 1908 to 1920, then joined H. C. Chambers. The important role that Myron Hunt played in the development of Southern California can be seen in the list of a few of the buildings he designed: The Huntington Library, the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, the Rose Bowl, the Pasadena Public Library, the Huntington Hospital, buildings at Occidental College and Pomona College, in addition to many other public buildings and private residences.
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