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Finding Aid for the Edward A. Killingsworth papers, circa 1940-circa 2006 0000148
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  • Custodial History note
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  • Title: Edward A. Killingsworth papers
    Identifier/Call Number: 0000148
    Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 358.0 Linear feet (65 record storage boxes, 80 flat file drawers, and 18 models)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1936-circa 2006
    Location note: Boxes 1-23/ADC - regular Box 24/ADC - oversize* Boxes 25-53/ADC - regular Box 54/ADC - oversize* Boxes 55-64/ADC - regular 80 Flat File Drawers/ADC - flat files 8 presentation boards/Mosher - box of presentation boards 18 Models/Mosher - models Kuching Hilton Hotel, Kuching Borneo, 1995 UC Riverside, Student Union, 1965 unidentified development Queen Mary access structures Queen Mary access structure, 1978 Hotel (Montego Bay, Jamaica), 1978 Typical Condominium unit for Jamaica Project Apartment building for Syndicated Developers The Kahala Beach (Honolulu, Hawaii) Djakarta Hilton Hotel (Kjakarta, Indonesia) USC, University Religious Center Pacific Terrace Halekulani Hotel (Los Angeles, Calif.) California State University & Colleges, Headquarters Building (Long Beach, Calif.) Atlantic Research Corporation, Missile Systems Division, Offices and factory Hotel for Ernie Hahn (Inglewood, Calif.), 1960 Unidentified resort development
    creator: Brady, Jules Ellsworth
    creator: Killingsworth, Brady and Associates .
    creator: Killingsworth, Brady, Smith and Associates.
    creator: Killingsworth, Edward A., 1917-2004
    creator: Killingsworth, Stricker, Lindgren, Wilson and Associates, Incorporated.
    creator: Smith, Waugh


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Custodial History note

    Gift of Laura C. Killingsworth, 2006.

    Preferred Citation note

    Edward A. Killingsworth papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara

    Biographical/Historical note

    Edward Abel Killingsworth was born in Taft, California in 1917. He attended the University of Southern California where he began his academic career studying painting but after a year, decided to switch his course of study to architecture. Killingsworth graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture in 1940.
    He served in WWII as a Captain in the Army Corps of Engineers where he supervised the production of more than 8 million photo-maps in preparation of the allied invasion of Europe. After being discharged from the military in 1946, Killingsworth got a job as a draftsman at the Kenneth S. Wing architectural firm, a job he kept until 1953.
    In 1953, Killingsworth partnered with Jules Brady and Waugh Smith to form Killingsworth, Brady and Smith Associates. The firm designed Case Study House 25 also known as the Frank House, the Richard Opdahl House, and Case Study House 23 also known as the Triad. Killingsworth, Brady and Smith Associates dissolved in 1962. In 1963, Killingsworth continued his partnership with Brady as Killingsworth, Brady and Associates. Then in 1984 Killingsworth became a partner in Killingsworth, Stricker, Lindgren, Wilson and Associate Incorporated.
    Over his career, Killingsworth won over 42 American Institute of Architects awards. His projects became known for their tall doors, glass walls, association with exterior planting, and the integration of his buildings with the environment. As time progressed Killingsworth’s projects grew in size from residential buildings in Southern California to luxury hotels in Hawaii, Guam, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Indonesia. He served as the master planning architect for California State Long beach for more than 40 years. Edward A. Killingsworth died on July 6, 2004, at the age of 86.

    Scope and Content note

    The Edward A. Killingsworth papers span 358 linear feet and date from circa 1940 to circa 2006. The collection is arranged in 4 series and contains drawings, photographs and transparencies, manuscripts and printed material, newspaper clippings, awards, manuals and reports, and three-dimensional models.
    The Killingsworth papers document the work of the various firms with which he was associated as a partner: Killingsworth, Brady and Smith (1953-1962); Killingsworth, Brady and Associates (1963-1983/4); and Killingsworth, Stricker, Lindgren, Wilson (1984-circa 2003).
    The collection contains personal and biographical materials, including Killingsworth's student work at the University of Southern California's School of Architecture, and travel; papers and photographs regarding the architecture profession and the role of the Killlingsworth office in Southern California; office records that chart the day-to-day operation of the firm; and drawings, photographs, 18 three-dimensional models, and papers that document architecture projects, built and unbuilt.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Killingsworth, Edward A., 1917-2004
    Architects -- California
    Architecture -- California
    Architecture -- California -- 20th century
    Architecture -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th Century
    Architecture -- United States -- 20th century -- Sources
    Architecture--California--20th century--Designs and plans
    Case Study House No. 2 (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Case Study House No. 23 (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Los Angeles (Calif.) 1920-1940
    Los Angeles (Calif.) Buildings, structures, etc.
    Modern movement (Architecture) -- California