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  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Custodial History note
  • Legal Status note
  • Related Archival Materials note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Preferred Citation note

  • Title: Sim Bruce Richards papers and art
    Identifier/Call Number: 0000358
    Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 60.0 Linear feet (models, papers, paintings)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1939-circa 1981
    Location note: Boxes 1-14, ADC regular, range 11; paintings/artwork- box 15 Mosher oversize; flat files- Mosher drawers D81-D85
    creator: Richards, Sim Bruce, 1908-1983

    Conditions Governing Access note

    Partially processed collection; contact repository for information regarding access.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    Open for educational and research use; copyright Sim Bruce Richards family.

    Custodial History note

    Gift of the Sim Bruce Richards family.

    Legal Status note

    Sim Bruce Richards copyright is retained by the family (his children).

    Related Archival Materials note

    Sim Bruce Richards architectural drawings, San Diego History Center.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Sim Bruce Richards was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma in 1908, and moved to Phoenix, Arizona with his family in 1920. Richards began studying architecture, then art, at UC Berkeley in 1930. During his time in Berkeley, Richards was designing and weaving rugs; Frank Lloyd Wright saw the rugs in San Francisco and invited him to work at Taliesin, in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Richards was a part of the Taliesin Fellowship from May 1934 until September 1935. Richards eventually moved to the San Diego area, where he worked with Harold Abrams, William Templeton Johnson, and was a civilian architect for the Navy during World War II. In 1949, Richards set up his own architecture firm and worked mainly in residential architecture in the greater San Diego area. His residential work was in unpainted cedar or redwood on both the interior and exterior of the structures, as well as using natural stone and brick to create custom fireplaces, walls, and gardens. Richards worked with artists like James Hubbell to create residential works of art specifically for his clients. At the time of his death in 1983, Richards and Esther McCoy were working on an exhibition of Richards work to be displayed at the San Diego Natural History Museum.

    Preferred Citation note

    Sim Bruce Richards papers and art, Architecture & Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Richards, Sim Bruce, 1908-1983