Following graduation from USC in the 1947, Stanley French practiced architecture in San Diego through 1975 when he relocated to New Mexico where he continued to design.
Soon after graduation from USC's School of Architecture, French worked for Lloyd Ruocco in his office at The Design Center. Following his tenure with Ruocco, Stanley worked for Henry Hester in the early 1950s
He became interested in commercial construction and moved on to
a position with L.C. Anderson Co. as an estimator for a number of
years. By the late 1950s, he had begun with Boyle Engineering.
The first project I am aware of is the Balboa Stadium expansion
Employed with Boyle Engineering from the late 50’s into the 80’s, he was the senior architect for projects such as a proposal for a floating stadium for the San Diego Chargers.
The San Diego County Juvenile Detention Center (1967) is a project he was still proud of in later life. The design for this building included some solar power considerations that were ahead of their time. French recently stated, "The entire line of exterior sunscreen panels moved so that screens were protecting exterior glass and were activated by solar clocks. They automatically returned to the starting position at night."
Among many designs (some while the lead architect at Boyle Engineering), he contributed some significant work to Southern California's built environment. He recently remembered, "While I lead Boyle Engineering Architectural Division, we provided complete services for El Camino Memorial Park from its inception, including all surveys and mapping, design of roads, water system and drainage, administration building, cremation facilities, mausoleum, and illustrations for sales kits. The three arch design theme has been carried throughout the park. This photograph shows the administration building foreground with the first phase of the Mausoleum of the Bells at the top of the hill overlooking the lake and administration building below."
Through Boyle Engineering, he traveled to Ruidoso, New Mexico to meet a Mescalero Apache Chief interested in establishing a magnificent inn, golf and boating resort. Soon, through mutual respect for each other, Jim was selected to create the Inn of the Mountain Gods, his largest career project. His creation of a towering interior lobby with a “reaching to the sky” centered stone and copper fireplace became a well know landmark in the town of Ruidoso and throughout the southwest. He became enamored with the town and decided to relocate with his entire family to this mountain jewel. There, with his private practice, he designed several private residences, commercial buildings and a golf course until he retired for health reasons in 2000.
Partial List of Projects
El Camino Memorial
Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood
Montecito Memorial Park, Colton
Mountain View Cemetery, San Bernardino
Pacific View Memorial Park, Newport Beach
San Diego Zoo - SkyFari and Wegaforth Bowl
San Diego County Juvenile Detention Center (1967)
Santa Clara Memorial Park, Santa Clara
Spanish Landing Park on Harbor Island
Valley of Fire