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Finding Aid for the Louis J. Gill papers, circa 1911-circa 1969 0000137
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  • Arrangement note
  • Access
  • Custodial History note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Content note
  • Related Archival Materials note

  • Title: Louis J. Gill papers
    Identifier/Call Number: 0000137
    Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 14.0 Linear feet (2 boxes and 4 flat file drawers)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1907-circa 1969
    Location note: Box 1/ADC - regular Box 2/ADC - oversize* 4 Flat File Drawers/ADC - flat files
    creator: Gill, Louis J., 1885-1969

    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: Personal Papers, Irving Gill Materials, Office Files, and Architecture and Design Projects. The contents of the personal papers, Irving Gill materials, and office files series are arranged chronologically by date of the materials.The materials within the architecture and design projects series are divided into subseries by client and subsequently organized by format (for example: architectural drawings, photographs, and project files).


    Processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.

    Custodial History note

    Gift of Louis J. Gill, 1969. Additional materials gifted by John S. Gill, 1970 and Donald S. Gill, 2004.

    Preferred Citation note

    Louis J. Gill papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Louis J. Gill was born on May 9, 1885 in Syracuse, New York. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1911 and moved to San Diego later that year. Right out of school Louis Gill began working as a draftsman at the firm of his uncle, Irving J. Gill, in San Diego. By 1913, Louis Gill was promoted to chief draftsman and a year later formed a partnership with his uncle known as Gill and Gill, Architects. During this time, Louis Gill assisted on the designs of the La Jolla Women’s Club, the Community House for the Playground in the Scripps Group and the Ellen Scripps residence, all located in La Jolla, California. In 1919, Gill and Gill Architects dissolved and Louis formed his own independent firm and completed many notable projects in the San Diego region, such as the Dr. Harry Wegeforth residence, the Sacred Heart Church in Coronado, Mission Hills Congregational Church, St. James-by-the-Sea, Rees-Stealy Clinic, John W. Mitchell Art Gallery in Coronado, residences in the San Diego area, and was hired as the architect for the San Diego Zoo. Louis J. Gill helped form the San Diego Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. In 1955, he retired after a 44 year career in San Diego. Louis J. Gill died on August 19, 1969, at the age of 84.

    Scope and Content note

    The Louis J. Gill papers span 14 linear feet and date from circa 1911 to circa 1969. The collection contains architectural drawings and reprographic copies of primarily San Diego area structures designed by Louis Gill, newspaper and magazine clippings, Gill’s professional stationary and handwritten notes regarding architectural projects, and disbound-scrapbook pages filled with black-and-white photographs. The collection also contains materials related to Louis Gill's uncle, the architect Irving Gill, to include correspondence between Louis Gill and researchers, biographical information, articles and clippings, and exhibition materials featuring the work of Irving Gill.

    Related Archival Materials note

    Irving John Gill papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Gill, Louis J., 1885-1969
    Architects -- California
    Architectural drawings
    Architectural photographs
    Architecture -- California
    Architecture -- California -- 20th century
    Architecture -- California -- San Diego -- 20th century
    Architecture--California--20th century--Designs and plans
    Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
    Commercial buildings
    Conceptual drawings
    Detail drawings
    Exterior elevations
    Exterior views
    Floor plans
    Photographic prints
    Plot Plans
    Presentation drawings (proposals)
    Reprographic copies
    San Diego (calif.)
    Schools (buildings)