Valentine Joseph Powelson, Jr. or more commonly known as Val Powelson, AIA was born in Los Angeles (1924) and died in Oslo,
Norway (1997) at the age of 73. He maintained his practice in Los Angeles during the mid-1950’s to mid-1960’s and was a member
of American Institute of Architects (AIA) beginning in 1988 when his office was located in Albany, California. Powelson started
his career as a licensed general building contractor, designer, and then became a licensed architect in California (1986).
He designed primarily residential properties mainly in the Los Angeles and Palm Springs areas. Powelson’s projects listed
on the Register of Historic Places in Rancho Mirage, California include the Da Vaal Estates (1960), Maranz Residence (1960),
and Morris Residence aka Weisbard (1961). Another Rancho Mirage project is the Gummo Marx Residence (1957). He also designed
the Indian Wells Country Club House (1959) which was photographed by Julius Shulman. He is noted as a contributor to the
Palm Springs School of Architecture for his unique hyperbolic paraboloid rooflines especially the Maranz Residence.
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