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Finding Aid for the Kanner Architects records, circa 1960-circa 2007 0000331
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  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Custodial History note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Content note

  • Title: Kanner Architects records
    Identifier/Call Number: 0000331
    Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 150.0 Linear feet (8 models, 71 record storage boxes, approx 297 rolls)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1960-circa 2007
    Location note: all collection materials at Mosher: regular boxes flat boxes tubes and rolled drawings flat file folders models
    creator: Kanner Architects.
    creator: Kanner, Charles
    creator: Kanner, Herman
    creator: Kanner, Herman
    creator: Kanner, Stephen


    Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    Open for use by qualified researchers. Copyright in Kanner Architects and Stephen Kanner materials retained by Cynthia, Charlotte, and Caroline Kanner.

    Custodial History note

    Gift of the Kanner family, 2012.

    Preferred Citation note

    Kanner Architects records, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Biographical/Historical note

    The architectural firm Kanner Architects, based in Los Angeles, California, was started in 1946 by I. Herman Kanner. In 1974, Herman’s son Charles took over the firm. After Charles’ death in 1998, his son Stephen Kanner headed the firm.
    Stephen Kanner was born in 1955 in Brentwood, California. He attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in architecture graduating in 1980. After graduating, Kanner found work in the offices of Sidmore Owings & Merrill as a project architect on Universal City’s Texaco Tower as well as the Hughes Headquarters building in Marina Del Rey, California. Stephen Kanner joined Kanner Architects in 1982 and worked with his father on commercial and residential projects. Over the course of firm’s life some notable projects include: United Oil Gasoline Station (Los Angeles, California), In-N-Out Burger restaurant (Westwood, California), Metro-Hollywood Transit Village (Hollywood), Sunset Vine Tower (Los Angeles), the Montana Collection (Brentwood)and 26th Street Affordable Housing (Santa Monica). Stephen Kanner died in 2011, at the age of 54.

    Scope and Content note

    The Kanner Architects records span approximately 150 linear feet and date from circa 1960 to circa 2007. Documenting three generations of Kanner family architecture this collection is composed primarily of architectural drawings, but also includes photographic prints, models, yearly planners and project files. Yearly planners or datebooks in the collection document the years 1977 to 1997 and 2000 to 2009. Project files are composed of correspondence, project data, working drawings and/or sketches, and are organized by project. Models in the collection document the following structures: 26th Street and Santa Monica Affordable Housing, Nevin Avenue School (Los Angeles, California), Sagaponak house (New York, New York), Sunset Vine Tower (Los Angeles, California), United Oil Gas Station (Los Angeles, California), the Zelman Goldfarb house (Malibu, California), and the Harvard Apartments.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Kanner Architects.
    Kanner, Stephen
    Architectural drawings
    models (representations)
    Photographic prints
    Reprographic copies