Abrams, Harold
Ain, Gregory
Alexander, Robert E.
Antelline, Jon P.
Batter-Kay Associates
Beckett, Welton
Benedict, Hiram Hudson
Bonini, Vincent
Brownell, J. Herbert
Buff, Straub and Hensman
Campbell, Donald
Cody, William F.
Crane, Loch
Davis, Ronald K.
Decker, Arthur
Delawie, Homer
Des Lauriers, Robert
Drake, Gordon
Eggers, Henry
Ellwood, Craig
Ferris, Robert
Fickett, Edward
Forester, Russell
Fowble, Robert
French, Stanley J.
Frey, Albert
Gill, Irving
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
Ladd, Thornton
Lareau, Richard
Lautner, John
Leitch, Richard
Liebhardt, Frederick
Livingstone, Fred
Lotery, Rex
Lykos, George
Macy, Al
May, Cliff
McKim, Paul
Mock, John
Mortenson, John
Mosher & Drew
Naegle, Dale
Neutra, Richard
Norris, Fred
Paderewski, CJ
Palmer & Krisel
Paul & Allard
Paulson, Ted
Periera & Luckman
Platt, Robert
Ray, Eugene
Reed, John
Richards, Sim Bruce
Rosser, William
Ruocco, Lloyd
Salerno, Daniel
Schindler, Rudolph
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

William Krisel (and Dan Palmer)

William Krisel

William Krisel was born in Shanghai in 1924, a city his father had moved to with his work for the State Department. In 1937 the family returned to California where a young William would learn of Lillian Rice and Frank Lloyd Wright to name but a few influential architects of the era. Following his graduation from Beverly Hills High School in 1941, the 16 year-old entered USC’s School of Architecture, only to be interrupted by the U.S.’s entry into World War II. During the war Mr. Krisel worked in Army Intelligence, served as the Chinese-language interpreter for General Stillwell, and earned the Bronze Star for Valorous Service. Following he war, in 1946 Krisel returned to his studies on the GI Bill. Here his mentors would be Cal Straub, Raphael Soriano and Garrett Eckbo. Alongside his studies the young apprentice worked in the offices of Paul Lazlo and Victor Gruen and joined in partnership with Dan Saxon Palmer.

The promising architect graduated from USC in 1949, obtained his license in 1950, and hung out his shingle with Palmer. At the outset the firm of Palmer and Krisel, A.I.A. Architects designed custom homes and commercial projects prior to investing their time in Los Angeles area tract homes. By 1954 Mr. Krisel had become a licensed landscape architect as well.

Between 1949-1966, the office was called Palmer & Krisel, AIA. Following the dissolution of his partnership with Dan Palmer, the office was titled William Krisel, AIA (1966-1969). Joining in partnership (between 1969-1980), they rehung their shingle as Krisel/Shapiro & Associates. From 1980 to the present, he has returned to his roots as William Krisel, AIA.

As early as 1952 Palmer & Krisel’s system of modular post and beam construction proved popular and effective. 179 units of contemporary design later and Claremont Village was born. After years of success in Los Angeles, Palm Springs and Borrego Springs, the firm designed the Loma Palisades Apartments and a number of residential tracts throughout San Diego. By 1961 architect Krisel began his efforts in local high rise developments with the 24-story Kahn Building – within which the firm would house their San Diego office – before dissolving the partnership in 1964. Krisel may be most noted, locally, as the designer of the ten 15-story towers comprising Coronado Shores Condominiums adjacent to the Hotel Del.

William Krisel’s experience in design and construction includes nearly every kind of structure, including high- and low-rise office and apartment buildings, shopping centers, industrial buildings, factories, schools, hospitals, religious buildings, hotels, motels, and restaurants. He claims credit for over 40,000 housing units as he pioneered the use of innovative, modern design for affordable tract housing, commercial and multi-unit residential architecture.

William Krisel’s work has been published in more than 50 publications, including: Architectural Record, LA Times, NY Times Magazine, SF Times, Sunset, Dwell, San Diego Magazine, San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles, Palm Springs Life, CA Modern as well as the books Architecture of the Sun, Modernism Revisited, Palm Springs Weekend, and Forgotten Modern.

His work has garnered numerous awards for design excellence, including AIA Lifetime Achievement and “Tribal Elder” Awards, as well as recognitions by Palm Springs Lifetime Achievement, ASLA, NAHB, the City of Beverly Hills, and West LA.

Partial List of San Diego Projects

Airport Reproduction Services

Airport Reproduction Services (1961)
Midway District

Bankers Hill Apartments

Bankers Hill Apartments (1962)
Location: Bankers Hill
Developer: Corey / Ballard

Beth Israel School of Religion. Photography by Julius Shulman (1961)

Beth Israel School of Religion (1960)
211 Maple Street, San Diego

Century Plaza Tower Condominiums
Bankers Hill
Developer: Corey/ Trepske

Chamber Building

Chamber Building (1962)
1st & C Downtown San Diego
Developer: Irvin Kahn

Circle 8 ½ Motel

Circle 8 ½ Motel (1962)
Mission Valley

College Area (1956-1960)
Housing Tract on Baja Drive, Baja Court and Chaparral Way

Commercial Building
5952 El Cajon Blvd

Coronado Shores Condominiums (1969-1979)

Coronado Shores Condominiums (1969-1979)
Developer: Loews / Snyder

Del Cerro
Tract housing on Airoso Avenue, Bromley Court and Dartford Way

Del Prado Condominiums

Del Prado Condominiums (1972)
666 Upas Street, Hillcrest
Developer: Bill Starr

Imperial 400 Motel

Imperial '400' Motel
6624 El Cajon Blvd

Kahn Building (1961)

La Jolla Crest (1960-62)
Housing Tract on Mt. Soledad South

La Jolla Scenic Heights (1962)
La Jolla Housing Tract
Developer: Leonard Drogin

Loma Lodge

Loma Lodge (1960)
Point Loma
Developer: Irvin Kahn

Loma Starr Building. Photography by Julius Shulman (1961)

Loma Starr Building (now Peninsula Center) (1960)
3065 Rosecrans Place, Point Loma
Developer: Bill Starr

North Island Naval Air Station Officers' Club
Coronado, NAS North Island

Pacifica. Photograph by Julius Shulman (1961)

Pacifica (1960)
Housing Tract centered around Pacifica Drive, San Aquario Drive, San Joaquin Drive and Loring Streets in Pacific Beach

Pioneer Mortgage and Pacific Coast Title Insurance (1959)
5952 El Cajon Blvd.
Note: Both companies were owned by Harry Sugarman, who also invested in housing tracts with William Leonard Drogin and Krisel (e.g. Sugarman Drive, La Jolla). Melhorn Construction Company served as the contractor.

PM Electronics

PM Electronics (1960)
Unbuilt Design, Poway

Point Loma Estates

Point Loma Estates (1962)
Loma Portal Housing Tract on Leland, Larga Circle and Kemper Street
Developer: Leonard Drogin

Point Loma Shopping Center

Point Loma Shopping Center

Point Loma Shopping Center (1964)
Corner of West Point Loma Blvd & Groton
Developer: Bill Starr

Point Loma Towers Apartments

Point Loma Towers Apartments (1963-1964)
Location: Point Loma
Developer: Mabie & Mintz

Poway Plaza Shopping Center

Poway Plaza Shopping Center (1960)
Developer: Robert Gordon

Raffee's Carpets - 6331 University Avenue. Photograph by Julius Shulman (1961)

Raffee’s Carpet - 6331 University Avenue

Raffee’s Carpet (1959)
6331 University Avenue
Developer: Alan Raffee

Raffee’s Carpet - Point Loma

Raffee’s Carpet (1961)
Point Loma
Developer: Alan Raffee

Security First National Bank

Security First National Bank (1960)
SW corner of Poway Road and Community Road, Poway
Developer: Pacific Southwest Realty Company

Sheltered Workshops

Sheltered Workshops (1962)
Developer: Irvin Kahn

Shorepoint Apartments

Shorepoint Apartments (1967)
La Jolla
Developer: Bill Starr

University City

University City

University City (1960)
Housing Tract on Stresemann, Lamas, Gobat, Lord Cecil, Award Row, Sandburg Avenue, and Dalen Avenue
Developer: Irvin Kahn
Opening Day of the model homes for the new Krisel-designed University City development, 2 Sep 1960

Viewpoint North (1960-62)
Housing Tract on La Jolla Scenic Drive North, Sugarman, Kilbourn and Cranbrook streets. 

Viewpoint South (1960-62)
Housing Tract on Mt. Soledad South

West Loma Office Building

West Loma Office Building (1964)
3910 Chapman Street, Point Loma
Developer: Bill Starr