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Morgan, Walls & Clements Collection
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A collection of architectural drawings and some correspondence from Los Angeles architectural firm Morgan, Walls & Clements, 1895 to 1960. Many projects represent the work of principal architect Stiles O. Clements, who practiced alone beginning in 1937.
Morgan, Walls & Clements was first established in Los Angeles in 1868 by New York-born architect Ezra F. Kysor (1834-1907). Kysor's first major commission was the Pico House in 1869. In 1876 he partnered with his draftsman, Octavius Weller Morgan (1850-1922), who was born and educated in England and immigrated to the United States in 1871. Kysor & Morgan designed, among other buildings, St. Vibiana's Cathedral. After Kysor retired in 1888, Morgan partnered with John A. Walls (1858-1922), born in New York, to become Morgan & Walls. They were later joined by Morgan's son, architect Octavius Weller Morgan Jr. (1886-1951), and the firm became Morgan, Walls and Morgan. In 1920, Stiles O. Clements (1883-1966) joined the firm, and in recognition of his emergence, in 1923 the firm was re-named Morgan, Walls & Clements, the name it held until 1937. Stiles Oliver Clements was born in Maryland and attended Drexel Institute, Philadelphia, and the Boston Institute of Technology (now M.I.T.) before coming to Los Angeles in 1911. Clements established his own practice in 1937, and in 1955, was joined by his son, architect Robert O. Clements (1918-1987). Stiles Clements retired in 1965 and died a year later. The firm continued as Robert Clements & Associates, then in 1985 became Clements & Clements, recognizing the participation of Robert O. Clements' sons: architect Robert O. Clements Jr. (1943-2021) and Stiles Michael Clements (1952-).
233 Linear Feet (40 boxes, 48 oversize folders)
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