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Finding Aid for the Paul R. Hunter papers, circa 1906-circa 1970 0000145
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  • Custodial History note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Content note
  • Related Archival Materials note

  • Title: Paul R. Hunter papers
    Identifier/Call Number: 0000145
    Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 5.0 Linear feet (2 record storage boxes and 28 flat file folders)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1906-circa 1970
    creator: Hunter, Paul Robinson, 1906-1988
    creator: Reichardt, Walter L., (Walter Louis), 1908-1995


    Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.

    Custodial History note

    Gift of Paul R. Hunter, circa 1986.

    Preferred Citation note

    Paul R. Hunter papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Paul R. Hunter was born on June 29, 1906 in Illinois. When he was 13 years of age, his family relocated to California. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles where he received his Junior Certificate in Architecture in 1926, followed by his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from University of Pennsylvania in 1931. From 1931 to 1936, Hunter worked as a draftsman for the architectural firm of Hunt and Chambers. In 1936, Paul R. Hunter went to work for Roland E. Coate as a designer, until 1939 when he joined forces with Reichardt. Hunter and Reichardt were partners until 1941, when their firm dissolved. From 1941, Hunter operated his own firm until 1957, when he became partners with Walter Gregory Benedict. The two had their own firm until it dissolved in 1966, after which Hunter continued to practice independently. Hunter’s more notable projects include: the Horticulture Research buildings at the University of California, Los Angeles, the Christian Science Church in Anaheim, and the Children’s Home Society Nursery. Paul Robinson Hunter died on September 14, 1988, at the age of 82.

    Scope and Content note

    The Paul R. Hunter papers span 5 linear feet and date from circa 1906 to circa 1970. The collection contains the work of Paul R. Hunter’s independent firm as well as the work of Hunter and Reichardt, Architects, and Hunter and Benedict, Architects. The majority of the collection consists of records relating to Hunter’s involvement in the American Institute of Architects as well as public relations materials for the firm Hunter and Benedict (1957-1966). Materials relating to the work of Hunter and Benedict take the form of informational brochures, spiral-bound books containing interior and exterior photographs of their more notable projects, newspaper and magazine clippings, and Hunter’s and Benedict’s resumes. The collection also includes architectural drawings and reprographic copies of Hunter’s Los Angeles based projects, across the different firms he had been involved with.

    Related Archival Materials note

    Walter L. Reichardt papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.
    Myron Hunt & H. G. Chambers records, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Benedict, Walter Gregory, 1918-2009
    Hunter, Paul Robinson, 1906-1988
    Reichardt, Walter L., (Walter Louis), 1908-1995
    Architectural drawings
    Photographic prints
    Reprographic copies