Abrams, Harold
Ain, Gregory
Alexander, Robert E.
Anderson, Guy
Antelline, Jon P.
Applebaum, Norm
Batter-Kay Associates
Beadle, Alfred
Beckett, Welton
Benedict, Hiram Hudson
Bird, Fujimoto & Fish
Bonini, Vincent
Brownell, J. Herbert
Buff, Straub and Hensman
Campbell, Donald
Cody, William F.
Crane, Loch
Dammann, Bruce
Davis, Ronald K.
Decker, Arthur
Delawie, Homer
Des Lauriers, Robert
Drake, Gordon
Eckel, George
Eggers, Henry
Ellwood, Craig
Ferris, Robert
Fickett, Edward
Forester, Russell
Fowble, Robert
French, Stanley J.
Frey, Albert
Gill, Irving
Goldberg, Bertrand
Goldman, Donald
Gordon, Kenneth & Robert
Grossman, Greta
Hagadone, Walter
Harris, Harwell Hamilton
Henderson, John
Hester, Henry
Hope, Frank
Hufbauer, Clyde
Hubbell, James
Jones, A. Quincy
Jones, Robert E.
Kahn, Louis
Kellogg, Dick
Kellogg, Kendrick Bangs
Kesling, William
Killingsworth, Brady & Smith
Kowalski, Joseph
Krisel, William
Ladd, Thornton
Lareau, Richard
Lautner, John
Leitch, Richard
Liebhardt, Frederick
Livingstone, Fred
Loring, Arthur
Lotery, Rex
Lumpkins, William
Lykos, George
Macy, Al
Malone, Ed
Marr, Clinton
Matthews, Roger
May, Cliff
McKim, Paul
Mitchell, Delmar
Mock, John
Mortenson, John
Mosher & Drew
Naegle, Dale
Neptune & Thomas
Neutra, Richard
Nomland & Nomland
Norris, Fred
Paderewski, CJ
Patrick, William
Paul & Allard
Paulson, Ted
Periera & Luckman
Platt, Robert
Ray, Eugene
Reed, John
Richards, Sim Bruce
Risley and Gould
Rosser, William
Ruocco, Lloyd
Salerno, Daniel
Schindler, Rudolph
Schoell & Geritz
Sigurdson, John
Simpson and Gerber
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
Slatton, William
Soriano, Raphael
Spencer & Lee
Stimmel, William
Stone, Edward Durrell
Therkelsen, Lloyde
Tucker, Sadler & Bennett
Turner, Herb
Veitzer, Leonard
Vickery, Dean
Weir Brothers
Weston, Eugene III
Wheeler, Richard
Wright, Frank Lloyd
Wright, John Lloyd
Wright, Lloyd
Wulff and Fifield

Loch Crane (1922-)

Loch Crane Residence III (ca. 1962). Photograph by George Lyons.

Loch Crane was born on December 21, 1922 in Pittsburgh. He arrived in Point Loma from Wyoming in 1929 with his brother Russ and his mother, who had moved the family there in search of a better place to raise her kids. Improved schooling was a priority for Mrs. Crane, and she had already taught her children to read herself. A young Loch Crane spent his time drawing incessantly and building the occasional boat with his own hands.

Mrs. Crane showed her son the January 17, 1938 issue of Time Magazine, featuring Frank Lloyd Wright on the cover. As Crane looked at the magazine, his mother said, “this is who you will go work for”. Crane was skeptical of his mother’s words. But after a number of high school drafting classes, and short stint in the offices of Richard Requa and Templeton Johnson (with Robert Mosher), he and his mother packed up her Model A Ford and drove to Taliesin West outside of Scottsdale. They arrived in Arizona in early March 1941 - Mrs. Crane brandishing a $1000 check for the fellowship tuition, and the younger Crane armed with completed drawings from Templeton Johnson’s office. Wright accepted him for the fellowship. After returning to Point Loma briefly, Crane returned to Taliesin in April to begin the long caravan road trip to Spring Green, Wisconsin for the spring and summer months with Wright and other students. To this day, Crane is unsure if Wright accepted him based on merit and skill, or saw his tuition check as immediately necessary to get his family and apprentices back to Taliesin.

While in Spring Green, Crane was introduced to the woman who would become his wife. Clare was one of a cadre of a young women invited to Taliesin to be fellows and companions for the Wright’s daughter. Mrs. Wright played matchmaker with Crane and Clare, a bond that has lasted to this day.

Less than a year later, Crane made a life-changing decision. While working in the Taliesin drafting room, news came over the Fisher radio that Pearl Harbor had been bombed. The date was December 7, 1941 and Crane was only eight months into his fellowship. Despite instructions from Mr. Wright that all of his fellows must be pacifists and conscientious objectors, Crane and a few others wanted to fight for their country. While other apprentices were jailed for refusing to enlist, Crane signed up for the Army Air Corps and terminated his Taliesin fellowship in April 1942.

Following his WW2 service flying B-25s, Crane stayed in Japan through1946 teaching “twin-engine advanced” pilots and overseeing some construction efforts. Most important, he spent his free time photographing, drawing and researching Japanese architecture. Many of the photographs he took would take later end up in a slide show for Mr. Wright and his colleagues back at Taliesin West. Crane says that when he pointed out the red-orange tips of beams extruding from Shinto shrines, Frank Lloyd Wright commented “…even they have copied me…!” While traveling through Kyoto, Nara and Isai, Crane began his understanding of Japanese culture.

Loch Crane returned to San Diego in late 1946 to his wife Clare. By 1948, he built his first “expandable house” on Udall Street in Point Loma – testing the concept for his own family. The concept house was intended to be built in stages – expanding as one’s family grew. What was supposed to start out as a one-bedroom house was expanded immediately as the Crane’s expected the birth of their son. Also on the drawing board at this time was a house for Crane’s brother, Russ.

Crane began to pick up work immediately as a building designer – building small professional buildings and warehouses for Bob Golden and Gene Trepte, as well as a few homes for private clients. Soon, the City of San Diego began to pressure him about the volume of unlicensed work he was producing. Taking advantage of the GI Bill, Crane crammed a 5-year program of Architecture between 1954-57 and graduated Cum Laude from USC. In addition to his studies, Crane was student instructor for Cal Straub.

Designing and creating boats and buildings are part of Crane’s connection with nature. Like sailing, driving or flying (Loch has logged over 3000 flight hours), “building with one’s own hands”, according to Crane, is “the essence of life”. Understanding the relationship between indoors and outdoors, building something useful, and creating small environments in harmony with the larger environment are the essence of his search for connection and belonging. He continues to believe in doing it yourself, finding your own way, and following your own path. Staying well outside the conventions of AIA meetings and conferences, as well as city politics, Crane reflects, “I want to turn to nature for my sense of belonging.

Loch Crane Office Locations

953 Eighth Ave (circa 1960)
Phone number BE25606

'Loch Crane and Associates, Architect' (ca. 1962)
1461 Morena Blvd (award winner)
- now 1465 Morena Blvd

Crane Office
1355 Sixth Avenue, San Diego

Crane Office
3055 India Street

Partial List of San Diego Projects

Aero Office Park
Kearny Mesa

Apostolic Faith Temple
138 28th Street, San Diego

Arts and Crafts Press Building (1957)

Colony Kitchen Restaraunt Chain (1966-)

Crane, Loch Residence I (1948)
3411 Udall Street, Point Loma

Crane, Loch Residence II (1951)
3330 Poe Street, Point Loma

Crane, Loch Residence III (1962)
5950 Avenida Chamnez, La Jolla

Crane, Russell W. Bachelors Quarters (1948)
3344 Poe Street, Point Loma

*Designed in 1948, built in 1949 and published in The Chronicle (7/11/50).
** Additions in 1965

Dixon, Ray Residence
Point Loma

Episcopal Church
Imperial Beach

Fellowship Hall
for George Walker Smith

Fillius, Milton Residence (1952)
3336 Poe Street, Point Loma

Hayes, Buzz & Rusty Residence (1955)
First Street, Imperial Beach

Hoffman, Louis & Barbara Residence (1955)
3939 Bandini

Holter, Norman and Joan Residence (1964)
2444 Ellentown Road
, La Jolla

House for 75 Women

House Beautiful's "House for 75 Women" (1963)
1475 Berenda Place, El Cajon

Industrial Developers

Industrial Developers/Loch Crane Office Building (1965)
3344 Industrial Court, San Diego

La Jolla Racquet Club (1965)

La Jolla Racquet Club (1965)
2600 Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla

LeClaire Residence
La Jolla

MCRD PX, (hexagonal building)
Point Loma

Moore, Kimball H. Residence
919 Pacific Beach Drive, P.B.

O'Laughlin Residence

O'Laughlin, John F. Residence (1962)
5972 Avenida Chamnez, La Jolla

Phillips Residence

Phillips, William L. Residence (1961)
448 San Gorgonio Street, Point Loma

Private Residence
2552 Carmel Valley Road, Del Mar

Roper, Cecil and Virginia Residence (1964)
5147 Cape May Avenue, Ocean Beach

Mary Edna Rose Residence (1957)
819 First Street, Coronado

Salk, Jonas Residence
Ellentown Road, La Jolla
(House Beautiful plan later purchased by Salk)

San Diego County Adoption Center (1969)
Kearney Mesa

Security Bank Buildings

Starkey, Skip Residence (1951)
3321 Poe Street, Point Loma

St. Matthews Episcopal Church (1967)

Tussey, Chet Residence (1965)
5724 Dolphin Place, La Jolla

Vulcan Square Shopping Center (1961)

Young, M.A. Residence (1960)
633 Kalamath, Del Mar