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Finding Aid for the Roland Eli Coate, Sr. papers, 1925-1956 0000120
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  • Access
  • Custodial History note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Arrangement note
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Separated Materials note
  • Related Archival Materials note

  • Title: Roland Eli Coate, Sr. papers
    Identifier/Call Number: 0000120
    Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 69.71 Linear feet (12 half record storage boxes, 1 quarter record storage box, 4 oversize flat boxes, and 13 flat file drawers)
    Date (inclusive): 1916-1957
    Location note: Boxes 1-13/ADC - regular Boxes 14-15/ADC - oversize* Boxes 16-17/ADC - oversize** 13 Flat File Drawers/ADC - flat files
    creator: Coate, Roland E., 1890-1958


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Custodial History note

    Gift of Roland Coate Jr., 1973.

    Preferred Citation note

    Roland Eli Coate, Sr. papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Roland Eli Coate, Sr. (1890-1958) was born in Richmond, Indiana. After attending Earlham College for two years, he transferred to Cornell University where he completed his degree in architecture in 1914. Upon finishing school, Coate settled in New York and found work at the Trowbridge and Ackerman architectural firm. During WWI, Coate served as a 1 st Lieutenant with the American Expeditionary Forces. In 1919, Coate moved to Los Angeles and joined Reginald Johnson and Gordon Kaufmann, in the architectural firm, Johnson, Kaufmann and Coate. While he was a junior partner in the firm, Coate helped to design St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles and All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena. By 1925, the firm had disbanded and Coate opened his own office in Los Angeles and continued to design until his death in 1958. His first solo project was the All Saints Episcopal church in Beverly Hills. He went on to design many homes in the greater Pasadena area and in West Los Angeles. Coate was one of the early exponents of Monterey Revival, the style for which he is best known, though he also designed Colonial Revival and California ranch houses.

    Arrangement note

    The following arrangement scheme for this collection was imposed during processing in the absence of a usable original order. The collection is organized in four series: professional papers, office files, reference, and architecture and design projects. The contents of the professional papers, office files and reference series are arranged in alphabetical order by subject. The architecture and design project series are divided into subseries by client/project name, and subsequently arranged by format (for example: architectural drawings, photographs, project files, and slides).

    Scope and Content Note

    The Roland E. Coate collection spans 45.5 linear feet and dates from 1916 to 1957. The collection is primarily composed of Coate’s architectural drawings and reprographic copies of his residential designs, but also includes presentation drawings, black-and-white matted photographs of his buildings, his diplomas, large format scrapbook pages filled with drawings and reprographic copies, clippings regarding Coate’s work, awards, and Coate’s documents relating to projects.

    Separated Materials note

    Individual payroll records were shredded. Names, addresses and years are annotated within the project index.
    Removed 4 drawings of garden plan for J. L. Severance at Pasadena and moved to the Reginald Johnson Collection #146.
    Removed portions of a disbound photo album of architectural designs by Carleton Winslow and added to the Carlton Winslow Collection #196.

    Related Archival Materials note

    Johnson, Kaufmann, & Coate drawing for Saint Paul's Cathedral, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Coate, Roland E., 1890-1958
    Architects -- California
    Architectural drawings
    Architecture -- California -- 20th century
    Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
    Photographic prints
    Presentation drawings (proposals)
    Ranch houses--Design and construction
    Spanish Colonial Revival