Homer Delawie Papers

Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
Copyright 2011
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla 92093-0175

Descriptive Summary

Languages: English
Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla 92093-0175
Title: Homer Delawie Papers
Identifier/Call Number: MSS 0727
Physical Description: 7.5 Linear feet (8 archives boxes and 25 oversize folders)
Date (inclusive): 1945-2007
Abstract: Papers of San Diego architect Homer Delawie. The papers document Delawie's career as an architect, with information on both completed and unrealized projects. While files exist for many projects, the collection contains very few actual architectural plans. The collection does include correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, and ephemera.


Homer Delawie was born in Santa Barbara, California in 1927. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at age 17, shortly before the end of World War II. Following his time in the military, Delawie joined the U.S. Forest Service in Los Padres National Forest. He left forestry work to study architecture at California Polytechnic State University, in Luis Obispo. Delawie graduated in 1951, later becoming the school's first licensed architect.
In 1954, while visiting San Diego, Delawie met architect Lloyd Ruocco. The two architects began working together, forming a partnership in 1958. Delawie struck out on his own in 1961, running his own firm until 1966, when he partnered with Al Macy. Two years later, they were joined by John Henderson. That firm split and, at the time of Delawie's retirement in 1997, the firm had become Delawie, Wilkes, Rodrigues, Barker, and Bretton Associates.
Delawie and his firm designed numerous modern residences throughout San Diego, as well as exhibit space for SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo, Thurgood Marshall College residence halls on the UCSD campus, and the Coronodo Ferry Landing. Along with his architectural practice, Delawie participated in civic planning and development issues. He served on the City of San Diego Planning Commission, the Housing Appeals Advisory Board, and the Historic Resources Board. Delawie was a founding member of Save Our Heritage Organisation, helping to save the Sherman-Gilbert House. He received lifetime achievement awards from the California Council of the American Institute of Architects in 1997 and Save Our Heritage Organisation 2002.
Homer Delawie died in 2009, at age 81.

Scope and Contents of Collection

The Homer Delawie Papers document Delawie's career as an architect in San Diego. While the collection mainly consists of photographs and clippings that illustrate various architectural projects, it also contains a small amount of correspondence, drafts of a book featuring Delawie's work, and ephemera related to his life and career. Arranged in five series: 1) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS, 2) CORRESPONDENCE, 3) PROJECT FILES, 4) PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES, and 5) SUBJECT FILES.
The BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS series is arranged in two subseries: A) General and B) Datebooks.
A) The General subseries contains certificates and awards, magazine and newspaper clippings about Delawie and his work, photographs of Delawie, and material related to his career as an architect.
B) The Datebooks subseries is comprised of Delawie's personal datebooks from 1960 through 1984. The books contain information related to both Delawie's personal and professional life.
The CORRESPONDENCE series is small and letters are generally professional in nature. The series is arranged chronologically with correspondence from George Hasslein and photographer Douglas Simmonds filed seperately.
The PROJECT FILES series comprises the bulk of the collection. These files mainly contain newspaper clippings and magazine tearsheets, as well as photographs, many taken by photographer Douglas Simmonds. In some cases, files contain additional information such as proposals for unrealized projects, historical designation reports, and ephemera related to the sale of homes designed by Delawie. The series contains only a small number of architectural drawings. These oversize drawings are identified as plans and listed, by project, in the PROJECT FILES folder list. The series also includes one reel of microfilm that contains drawings for several residential, educational, and commerical projects, ranging in date from 1959-1971. The microfilm does not include drawings for any of Delawie's own homes.
The series is arranged alphabetically by project, with unidentified projects located at the end of the project list. Also, one folder related to Delawie's furniture design is located at the end of the series.
The PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES series brings together Delawie's activities outside of, but often still related to, his architectural practice. The series is arranged in two subseries: A) Committees & Lectures and B) Writings.
A) The Committees & Lectures subseries reflects Delawie's service on many city and professional committees, including the City of San Diego Planning Committee and the San Diego Historic Site Board. While the collection contains minimal information about that work, it does contain a small amount of correspondence, meeting minutes, and committee reports. Two folders contain student responses to lectures given by Delawie at the California Polytechnic State University. The subseries is sorted by committee or event, then arranged chronologically.
B) The Writings subseries is comprised of material related to the publication of a book about Delawie's work, Homer Delawie, FAIA, as well as a 2005 calendar with images of Delawie's many residential projects.
The SUBJECT FILES series contains information collected by Delawie on professional colleagues and architectural interests. Files for Rob Roy Bittman Jr. and Lloyd Ruocco include information regarding their advancement to Fellow of the American Insittute of Architects. Also included in the Lloyd Ruocco files is a videocassette showing the construction of Ruocco's Design Center on 5th Avenue. The footage, clearly reformatted from an original film not in this collection, was filmed ca. 1949. The series also contains slides of San Diego. The majority are images of the city's downtown, most likely from Delawie's time on the Planning Committee.


The videocassette in Series 5) SUBJECT FILES is restricted. Researchers must request a user copy be produced.

Acquisition Information

Acquired 2010.

Preferred Citation

Homer Delawie Papers, MSS 727. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

Publication Rights

Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Public architecture -- California -- San Diego -- 20th century
Architecture, Domestic -- California -- San Diego -- 20th century
Architectural firms -- California -- San Diego
Architecture -- California -- San Diego County -- 20th century
Architecture -- California -- San Diego
Delawie, Homer -- Archives
Delawie Bretton Wilkes Associates





Box 1, Folder 1

Architect license 1951-2007


Awards & certificates

Box 1, Folder 2, Oversize FB-510-02


Box 1, Folder 3

San Diego Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Award of Excellence - Received for Delawie Residence #1 1960

Box 1, Folder 4

Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects 1972

Box 1, Folder 5

California Polytechnic State University Class Reunion of 1951, 50th reunion 2001

Box 1, Folder 6, Oversize FB-510-03

Clippings about Homer Delawie 1950-2007

Box 1, Folder 7

Diploma from California State Polytechnic College 1951

Box 1, Folder 8

Interview transcript April 1, 2007

Box 1, Folder 9

Ledger book 1956-1957

Box 1, Folder 10

Photographs of Homer Delawie

Box 1, Folder 11

Miscellaneous biographical material, including posthumous material



Box 1, Folder 12-13


Box 2, Folder 1-9


Box 3, Folder 1-7


Box 4, Folder 1






Box 4, Folder 2


Box 4, Folder 3


Box 4, Folder 4

Hasslein, George 1979-2001

Box 4, Folder 5

Simmonds, Douglas 1960-1961




Firm information & ephemera

Box 4, Folder 6

Delawie and Macy / Delawie, Macy and Henderson

Box 4, Folder 7

Delawie/Bretton/Wilkes Associates, AIA

Box 4, Folder 8

Delawie Wilkes Rodrigues Barker & Bretton Associates

Box 4, Folder 9

Project lists

Box 4, Folder 10

Andrusson Residence (1967)

Box 4, Folder 11

Aquarium Gulf Marina, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - Joint proposal 1981

Box 4, Folder 12, Oversize MC-014-01

Azalea PRD, 2758 & 2768 Azalea Drive - Designed 1987

Box 4, Folder 13

City College Beautification

Box 4, Folder 14, Oversize FB-510-04

Casady Residence (1966)

Box 4, Folder 15

Coronodo Library (1974)

Box 4, Folder 16

Crist/LaPoint Residence, addition (1969)


Delawie Architectural Office Building, Presidio Drive (1962)

Box 4, Folder 17

Miscellaneous file

Box 4, Folder 18, Oversize MC-014-02

Floor plans for remodel 1991


Delawie Residence #1, 1773 Torrance Street (1958)

Box 4, Folder 19, Oversize FB-510-06

Miscellaneous file

Box 4, Folder 20, Oversize MC-014-03

Plans for an addition


Plans are water damaged, making some of the information illegible.
Box 4, Folder 21

Application for historical designation 2007

Box 4, Folder 22

Delawie Residence #2, 1833 Neale Street (1964)


Delawie Residence #3, 2749 Azalea Drive (1973)

Box 5, Folder 1-2, Oversize FB-510-07

Miscellaneous files

Box 5, Folder 3, Oversize MC-014-04

Plan for patio revision

Box 5, Folder 4

Feller Residence (1960)

Box 5, Folder 5

Fredman Residence (1988)

Box 5, Folder 6, Oversize MC-014-05

Gilmore Residence - Plans on trace

Box 5, Folder 7

Goldzband Residence (1964)

Box 5, Folder 8

Hurley Residence, Borrego Springs (1965)

Box 5, Folder 9

James R. Mills Building / MTS Headquarters

Box 5, Folder 10, Oversize MC-014-06

Jungman Residence - Plans on trace

Box 5, Folder 11

Kratz Residence (1964)

Box 5, Folder 12

La Jolla Shores Residence

Box 5, Folder 13

Lanthorn Residence (1963)

Box 5, Folder 14

Linklater/Swarts Production House (ca. 1964)

Box 5, Folder 15

Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Housing, Twentynine Palms - Concept design descriptive statement 1979

Box 5, Folder 16, Oversize FB-510-08

The Mexico Pacific Shop (1964)

Box 5, Folder 17

M.L. Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center

Box 5, Folder 18

Nichols Residence (1961)

Box 5, Folder 19

North Island Barracks (1967)

Box 5, Folder 20

Park Garden Apartments (1959)

Box 5, Folder 21

Plaza de Balboa, Balboa Park (1972)

Box 5, Folder 22

Porter Office Building addition

Box 5, Folder 23

Porter Residence, remodel (1964)

Box 5, Folder 24, Oversize FB-510-10

Porter Triplex, Mission Beach (1962)

Box 5, Folder 25, Oversize FB-510-11

Randolph Residence (1961)

Box 5, Folder 26

San Diego Zoo, Clark Children's Theatre (1959)

Box 5, Folder 27

San Diego Zoo, Elephant & Giraffe Enclosures

Box 5, Folder 28

SeaWorld, Penguin Exhibit & Shark Exhibits, San Diego & Florida

Box 5, Folder 29, Oversize FB-510-12

Senterfit Residence (1960)

Box 5, Folder 30

Straza Electronics Building, El Cajon (1960)

Box 5, Folder 31, Oversize FB-510-13

Tel Aviv Zoological Gardens (ca. 1973)

Box 6, Folder 1

Temple Beth Israel - Proposal 1993

Box 6, Folder 2

Thompson Medical Library (ca. 1968)


University of California, San Diego Thurgood Marshall College Residence Halls (1988)

Box 6, Folder 3

Miscellaneous file

Box 6, Folder 4

California Council of the American Institute of Architects (CCAIA) Design Awards entry proposal 1988

Box 6, Folder 5

University of California, San Diego Perlman Ambulatory Care Center

Box 6, Folder 6

Westphal/Chapman Residence (1962)

Box 6, Folder 7, Oversize MC-014-07

Wolonik Residence addition - Plans on trace


World Trade Center Memorial Competition

Box 6, Folder 8

Proposal 2003

Box 6, Folder 9, Oversize MC-014-08

Site Plan 2003


Miscellaneous & unidentified projects

Box 6, Folder 10, Oversize FB-510-14

Photographs & clippings

Box 6, Folder 11, Oversize MC-014-09

Project plans

Box 6, Folder 12

Project plans on microfilm

Box 7, Folder 1

Delawie Collection Storage Cubes




Committees & Lectures

Box 7, Folder 2

City of San Diego Planning Committee - Appointment 1972-1982

Box 7, Folder 3-4

California Polytechnic State University lectures - Student responses 1980 & 1983

Box 7, Folder 5

University of California, San Diego Board of Overseers, Education Committee 1992-1998

Box 7, Folder 6

San Diego Historic Site Board 1995-2003

Box 7, Folder 7

City of San Diego Historical Resources Board 2000-2003

Box 7, Folder 8, Oversize FB-510-15

Save Our Heritage Organisation, Modernism Committee 2003-2006




Homer Delawie, FAIA (ca. 2002)

Box 7, Folder 9-10

Drafts with edits

Box 7, Folder 11, Oversize FB-510-16

Page proofs with edits

Box 7, Folder 12

Galley copy

Box 7, Folder 13


Box 7, Folder 14

Modernist Houses by Homer Delawie, FAIA, 1958-1973 - 2005 calendar



Box 8, Folder 1

Bittman, Rob Roy, Jr

Box 8, Folder 2

Hasslein, George

Box 8, Folder 3, Oversize FB-510-17

Modern architecture


Ruocco, Lloyd

Box 8, Folder 4


Box 8, Folder 5

Videocassette (VHS) showing the construction of The Design Center, 3611 5th Avenue ca. 1949

Conditions Governing Access

Restrictions Apply
Box 8, Folder 6

San Diego images - Slides

Box 8, Folder 7

Watts' Towers