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Kennard (Robert A.) papers
LSC.2351  
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Description
Robert A. Kennard (1920-1995) was an African American architect in Los Angeles. He designed over 40 residences and later focused on public works, including Carson City Hall and Community Center and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Headquarters. The collection contains administrative records about his firm, Kennard Design Group (KDG); site plans, planning reports, and studies; photographs, negatives, and slides of completed projects; and documentation about Kennard's work in the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and mentorship to architects of color.
Background
Robert A. Kennard was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1920. He served as a lieutenant in the Army in World War II and the Korean War, attended Pasadena City College, and earned an architectural degree at USC. In 1957 he established his own firm, later known as Kennard Design Group, the oldest African American architecture firm in Los Angeles. The firm designed more than 700 projects in Southern California, beginning with over 40 residences completed through the early 1960s. One of his first homes, the Zeiger Residence in Laurel Canyon has been designated as a City of Los Angeles Cultural-Historic Monument. In the mid-1960s he shifted his practice to public work. Notable projects include the City of Carson City Hall and Community Center, designed with architects Robert Alexander and Frank Sata, Van Nuys State Office Building with architect Harold Williams, and Parking Structures 1, 3 and 4 at the Los Angeles International Airport. Two of his last projects completed in the mid-1990s were the City of Los Angeles 77th Street Police Headquarters in which the community room is named in his honor, and a new entrance to the Hollywood Bowl.
Extent
25.2 Linear Feet (58 boxes, 1 half box, 5 shoeboxes, and 2 flat boxes)
Restrictions
Property rights to the objects belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. All other rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Availability
Portions of collection unprocessed. Material in the Architectural Plans series is unavailable for access. Please see LSC's Access to Unprocessed Collections Policy for more information about levels of discovery and access of special collections materials and registering interest in unprocessed collections.