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
Deems-Lewis
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
Jackson-Scott
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

Kenneth A. Gordon and Robert F. Gordon

Kenneth Arthur Gordon was born in Chicago on December 2, 1891. He married in 1916 and had five children – among them architect and future partner, his son Robert. Kenneth worked for J. H. Woodworth & Sons in Pasadena in the early 1920s before striking out on his own. Mr. Gordon built the family home on Foothill Boulevard (later Altadena Drive) on the edge of Eaton Canyon in Altadena in the 1920’s. After selling this house, he built a Spanish colonial styled house for his family right next door at 2564 North Altadena Drive. Kenneth served in the Engineers Corps for two years during World War II in the Protective Construction Department in Los Angeles. Following a normal course through the Pasadena school system, he joined Pasadena’s AIA Chapter (in 1945) and later established the office of Kenneth A. Gordon, AIA, Robert F. Gordon, Architects in 1955. According to Mr. Gordon’s  entry in the American Architects Directory, he obtained experience starting in 1914 in various architect’s offices; took extra courses in architectural engineering; and passed the California State Board exam in 1924. He hung out his shingle in 1924 before developing the firm into a partnership in 1948. The firm would also host an office in Fallbrook, CA with only a post box address (P.O. Box 131). Kenneth Gordon died in 1966.

Robert Franklin Gordon was born in Pasadena on August 27, 1924. After coursework at Pasadena City College (1939-41), Robert attended USC (1948-53) following his service in the US Marine Corps as a Staff Sargeant (1943-46). Prior to working with his father, Robert worked for William Woollett (in 1946 and again in 1952) as Chief Draftsman – a job title he would also hold in his father’s office between 1946-53. Robert joined the firm as a partner in 1954. Together, the father and son, built a number of banks (Republic Federal Savings) and residences, as well as hospitals (La Viña and Barlow) from their Altadena and Fallbrook offices.

Robert’s son, Greg Gordon, recalled recently, “My assumption that even though both of their names were on a project in the 50’s-60’s, Daddy was the primary architect and the one who introduced a modernism to their projects.”

Both were very involved in the Pasadena and Foothill AIA chapter, of which both were presidents of, Kenneth in 1963 and son Robert in 1970. Robert joined the Pasadena AIA Chapter in 1955. Robert Gordon died in 1981.

Partial List of Projects

Altadena Community Hospital (1959)
Altadena, CA

Altadena Federal Savings & Loan Association Regional Office (1969)
Santa Ana, CA

Altadena Federal Savings & Loan Association Regional Office (1960)
Ventura, CA

Barlow Respiratory Hospital
2000 Stadium Way, Los Angeles

Bonham, Victor Residence (1960)
Vista, CA
Built as "A Soaring Home on Hill in Vista" (San Diego & Point, April 1961) local (Vista) builder Bonham, his wife and three children. Julius Shulman photographed the project on January 25 and 26, 1960. Pictured on p.280 of Modernism Rediscovered by Pierluigi Serraino & Julius Shulman

Boy Scouts of America San Gabriel Valley Headquarters Building (1956)
Including Administration Offices and Auditorium
Pasadena, CA

Camera Store (ca. 1961-62)
This project won an Award of Merit by the Pasadena Chapter AIA in 1962.

Component Houses (ca. 1960-62)
This project won an Award of Merit for Residential Design & Construction by ‘House & Home’ (1960); a Special Award, AIA, Sunset West, Home Awards in 1961-62; as well as an Honorary Mention by AIA-Homes for Better Living National Awards in 1962.

First Friends Church (1961)
Arcadia, CA

Gordon, Kenneth A. Residence #1 (ca. 1920s)
N. Foothill Blvd, Altadena, CA

Gordon, Kenneth A. Residence #2
2564 N. Foothill Blvd, Altadena, CA

Gordon, Robert Residence #1 (1951)
3819 Alzada Road, Altadena

Gordon, Robert Residence #2 (1956)
170 Coburn Avenue, Sierra Madre, CA

Harrison, Mr. Leighton L. Pharmacy Building
Mission Road, Fallbrook

Kennedy, Mrs. and Mrs. Stanley Residence
Live Oak Canyon, Fallbrook

La Viña Hospital (demolished)
3900 Lincoln, Altadena, CA

La Vina Hospital Intensive Care Unit (1969)
Altadena, CA

Lerned, Dr. and Mrs. Morris Residence
Circle "R" Ranch, Escondido

Loma Vista Professional Building (Medical & Dental Suites) (1960)
Ventura, CA

P. & D. B. Millken Company (Photo Instruments of Precision Mfr.) (1961)
Arcadia, CA

Private Residences
Four Adobe Residences in Pauma Valley Country Club

Republic Federal Savings
Locations Unknown

Spanjian, Mr. & Mrs. Richard Residence
2279 Midwick Drive
Altadena, CA 91001
Photographs (by Douglas Simmonds) of this residence were extensively published.

Spanjian Sportswear Manufacturing Plant & Offices (1964)
Pasadena, CA

Sprague, Mr. and Mrs. Albert A. Residence
Vista, CA

Supple, Dr. Pelletier Residence (ca. 1964-65)
Oceanside, CA
Published: L.A. Times Home Magazine July 18, 1965

Thornburg, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Residence
Pauma Valley

University Club of Pasadena (1966)
175 N. Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA

Wigand, Bill Residence (1955)
153 Jaxine Drive, Altadena CA

Wigand, Jim Residence (1953)
155 Jaxine Drive, Altadena CA