Scope and Content
Title: Will A. Benshoff Collection
Extent: 6 Boxes
Pasadena Museum of History
Pasadena, California 91103-3594
Collection is open to the public for research. Use is restricted by rules intended to protect and preserve the materials
in good condition for the future. For additional information please contact the Pasadena Museum of History.
Use of the materials is governed by all applicable copyright law. The Pasadena Museum of History reserves the right to restrict
any materials from reproduction at any time. Property rights reside with the Pasadena Museum of History. Literary rights
are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. The Museum's physical ownership of the materials in its collection
does not imply ownership of copyright. It is the user's responibility to reslove any copyright issues related to the use
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Suggested citation of these records: [Identification of item], Will A. Benshoff Collection, Research Library and Archives,
Pasadena Museum of History.
Will Alton Benshoff (1869-1959) was a Pasadena architect. He moved to
California from Ohio in 1891. Benshoff's architectural projects include the Lincoln
Avenue Methodist Church (relocated to Heritage Square), the original
buildings of Turner and Stevens Mortuary, Polytechnical Elementary (forerunner of Caltech), the First Methodist Episcopal
Church, the Magnolia Hotel, and hundreds of Victorian-style private homes in Pasadena and neighboring cities.
Benshoff's wife Claudine was the daughter of Frank Stevens, founder of Stevens Hardware, and sister of Arthur Bush Stevens,
co-founder of Turner and Stevens Mortuary.
Scope and Content
The Benshoff Collection includes approximately 1,000 architectural drawings
and blueprints of homes, churches, and businesses; contracts and project
specifications; approximately 200 negatives and 125 photographs of
architectural subjects (including some of Benshoff's projects), family, and views
in and around Pasadena; papers related to the Stevens family, Stevens Hardware, and Turner and Stevens Mortuary; and personal
An oral history of Hazel Benshoff, the
architect's daughter, is also available in the library.