Abrams, Harold
Ain, Gregory
Alexander, Robert E.
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
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
Lykos, George
Macy, Al
Malone, Ed
Matthews, Roger
May, Cliff
McKim, Paul
Mitchell, Delmar
Mock, John
Mortenson, John
Mosher & Drew
Naegle, Dale
Neutra, Richard
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
Soriano, Raphael
Spencer & Lee
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

John Lloyd Wright
(1892-1972)

Read the full out-of-print monograph on John Lloyd Wright HERE.

John Lloyd Wright was the second son (and apprentice) of Frank Lloyd and Catherine Tobin Wright, and inventor of Lincoln Logs. John Lloyd Wright, lived and practiced architecture in Del Mar, designing dozens of homes and commercial buildings in Del Mar, La Jolla, San Diego. Vista, Escondido, Valley Center and Rancho Santa Fe.

John Lloyd Wright was born John Kenneth Wright in his father's Home and Studio in Oak Park, Illinois. John first visited San Diego at age 18 working with his older brother Lloyd - who was employed by Olmstead Brothers the landscape architects of the Panama-Pacific Exposition in Balboa Park. Without any training John became a draftsman for the Pacific Building Company designing bungalows. At age 20, in 1912, John was employed by Harrison Albright and given two commissions - the Mrs. M.J. Wood House in Escondido, and later the Workingman's (Golden West) Hotel. The latter was a philanthropic effort to house day laborers by local real estate baron J.B. Spreckels. In 1913, John Lloyd Wright moved to Chicago to work in his father's architectural firm on Michigan Avenue and marry Jeanette Winters (whom he had met in Los Angeles). In 1917 John sailed to Japan with Frank Lloyd Wright to begin work on Tokyo's Imperial Hotel. Before being fired by his father in 1918, John was able to continue designing his line of wooden toys for Chicago's Marshall Field & Co. including the patented Lincoln Logs.

In 1920, John moved back to Oak Park following his divorce with Jeanette. In 1921 he married Hazel Lundin. Soon thereafter daughter Elizabeth was born and the family moved to Long Beach, Indiana where John would practice his own interpretation of Louis Sullivan's organic architecture. Following another divorce, John married his client for the Long Beach commission "Shangri-La", Frances Welsh in 1942. In 1946 John published a biography of his father My Father Who is on Earth.

In 1947, Frances and John began the next phase of their life together building their home and studio in Del Mar. Here John would weather legal disputes about his unlicensed practice of architecture (he was licensed in Indiana and a member of the AIA), and work on more than 60 projects.

John Lloyd Wright continued to design toys, textiles, furniture and buildings from his Del Mar address until his passing in 1972 - at times employing local draftsmen like Herb Turner (for a mere .75 cents per hour. Turner subsidized his earnings by teaching private sculpture lessons from his home for $15 per hour).

Prior to the rush of post-war architects moving to the area, Ray Young and John Lloyd Wright were the only architects in the Del Mar area. By the early 1960s as many as 35 architects were living and working in Olde Del Mar.


Frank E. Compton House (1948)


Frank E. Compton House (1948). Photo by Charles Schneider

Partial List of San Diego Projects

Bosnian House (1961)
2196 Vista Grande Drive, Vista

Burnett, Coy Development (1965)
Del Mar (Not Built)

Cantwell, Yager House Additions (1972)
Rancho Santa Fe

Cantwell, C.Y. III House (1963-72)
Rancho Santa Fe

Cantwell, Yager House (1962)
Rancho Santa Fe

Cantwell, R.E. House (1953)
Rancho Santa Fe

Compton, Frank E. House (1948)
7840 Roseland Drive, La Jolla

Cookson House (1958)
Valley Center

Crans House (1953)
Oceanside (Not Built)

Gonzalez House (1952)
122 24th Street Del Mar

Jewel Studio Theater (1961)
La Jolla (Not Built)

Judkins Guest House (1946)
1700 Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla

Kelly House (1967)
Del Mar (Not Built)

Kelly's Haven (1947)
2017 Zapo, Del Mar

Lard, S.S. (Mrs. D.M.) House (1953)
Del Mar

Lepman House (1954)
Escondido

Longenecker House Addition (1971)
La Jolla (Not Built)

Loudenslager House (1948-50)
Del Mar

MacPherson Studio House (1947)
101 Nob Avenue, Del Mar

Marcotte Store (1949)
Leucadia

Marincovich House (1964)
Escondido

McKinley House (1948-51)
Del Mar

McLeod House (1958-59)
Escondido

Merrill Residence (Wonder-Y Ranch) (1959)
26448 North Lake Wohlford Road, Valley Center

Mooney House (1949)
1820 Neale, San Diego

Mooney Office (1953)
San Diego (Not Built)

Ney House (1958)
1641 Crespo (attribution), La Jolla

Osborn House (1948)
Del Mar (Not Built)

Salomen Office (1949)
Escondido

Smith Store (1952)
Escondido (Not Built)

Smith Duplex (1958)
Del Mar

Smith House (1952)
Del Mar

Speers House (1960)
118 Caroline Way, Escondido

Thompson, Renwick Jr. House (Brickwood) (1964-68)
15611 La Madreselva

University City Tract Houses (1962)
Clairemont Mesa (Not Built)

Villaseneour Store (1954)
Oceanside

Welsh House (1952-60)
Del Mar

Wood House (1912)
455 East 5th Street, Escondido

Wood House Addition (1960)
Del Mar

Workingman's (Golden West) Hotel (1912)
720 4th Street, Escondido

Wright, B.W. House (1951)
7821 Hillside Drive, La Jolla

Wright, Joe House (1947)
Del Mar (Not Built)

Wright, John Lloyd House and Studio (1947)
420 Serpentine, Del Mar

ZLAC Rowing Club (1929)
1111 Pacific Beach Drive, Pacific Beach
(w/ Lillian Rice?)