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
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
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
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

Sim Bruce Richards (1908-1983)

Sim Bruce Richards was born of Cherokee descent in Tahlequah, Oklahoma in 1908. The son of a farmer, Bruce, chewing on wheat regularly, developed a bone infection in his jaw as a young boy after a kernel of wheat seated itself deep in his gums. Fascinated by architecture, even as a young boy, his passion would develop further by reading magazines while convalescing from his ill health. In 1920, the Richards family (brother Willis, and sisters Francis and Betty) moved to Phoenix, in part to find better healthcare for son Bruce. In Phoenix he would learn of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Bruce studied architecture upon arriving at Cal Berkeley in 1930. Soon thereafter, frustrated with the program and faculty, Bruce transferred to the art department. While studying art, Richards honed his talents weaving abstract rug designs that he had learned while still in Phoenix studying with master-weaver Melanie Murdoch. In 1934, prior to his graduation, Frank Lloyd Wright set his eyes on his (and Blaine Drake’s) rug designs on display at an art show in San Francisco. Mr. Wright told the gallery director to have the rug designer contact him.

Following correspondence with Wright, and at his invitation, at age 26, Bruce Richards joined the Taliesin Fellowship. Between May 1934 and September 1935, Bruce worked and studied alongside Wright and other Fellows Edgar Kaufmann Jr., Blaine Drake, John Lautner, Cornelia Brierly, Gene Masselink, Bill Bernoudy and others.

Arriving in San Diego in 1938, Bruce drafted for the 11th Naval District. Soon thereafter he met Janet Hopkins at a dinner party in Point Loma, and after a short time of dating, the couple was married in May 1944. At the time Bruce was renting a room above a 2-car garage and with the beginnings of a family in mind, the couple bought their first house – a “fishing shack” for $3500 at 3505 Talbot in Point Loma. In 1946, Bruce finished his work for the US Navy and began work for William Templeton Johnson on a number of projects including the early Harbor Front studies. The house was remodeled/renovated extensively while the family grew – both of Bruce and Janet’s sons were born in this tiny house with a backyard rental.

The family growing, Bruce and Janet bought property on Albion and began work on their first house of Bruce’s design. At this time Bruce began working for Harold Abrams, noted later for the design on Park La Jolla apartment community on La Jolla Boulevard. In 1949, Harold Abrams told Bruce to “take a vacation… and you don’t have to come back.” Bruce and Janet agreed that he should practice architecture on his own at this time… and would do so until his passing in 1983.

During nearly four decades in practice, Sim Bruce Richards designed over 200 projects not including his work in weaving, painting, and furniture design. His small practice moved through a few addresses (Prospect, La Jolla Boulevard and eventually on Linwood in Old Town) and a few employees: John Reed, Ken Kellogg and Spencer Lake, always taking the time and joy in hand-sharpening his drafting pencils.

Partial List of San Diego Projects

African Methodist Episcopal Church (1947)
7519 Cuvier, La Jolla

All Saints Lutheran Church (1964)
6355 Radcliffe, University City

Alpha Phi Sorority (1966)
6055 Montezuma Road, College Area

Balboa Park Golf Course Bldg
2600 Golf Course Drive

Bascomb, Edward S. Residence (1953)
887 Golden Park, Pt Loma

Bauer Residence
1655 Plantation Way, El Cajon

Beatty Residence (1957)
1640 Via Cancion

Blackwell, Mr & Mrs E.J. Residence (1959)
1275 Willow Street, Pt Loma

Brav & Schwartz Law Offices (1982)
4026 Dove Street, Mission Hills

Brav, Nelson Residence (1977)
Del Mar

Childs, Mr & Mrs A.L. & Winetta Residence (1952)
663 Circle Drive, Solana Beach

Chung, Mr & Mrs Ronnie Residence (1959)
1807 Kelly Street, Oceanside

Clark, Mrs. John G. & Alice Residence #1 (1953)
3243 Harbor View Drive, Pt Loma

Clark, Mrs. John G. & Alice #2 Residence (1959)
7907 Calle de la Plata, La Jolla

Clark, Mrs. John G. & Alice Residence #3 (1972)
3634 Jennings Street, Pt Loma

Cohu, La Motte (1948)
5960 Camino de la Costa, La Jola

Crowley Residence (1971)
24747 Olive Tree Lane, Los Altos Hills

Des Granges, Pauline Residence (1975)
824 Golden Park, Pt Loma

Dickey, Dan Residence (1958)
3712 Promonotory, Pacific Beach

Dorman Residence (1976)
15585 Old Guejito Grade Road, Escondido

Eales, Rodney Residence (1973)
391 Catalina Blvd, Pt Loma

El Borregito for Dr. A.S. Parker (1948)
2870 Country Club Drive, Borrego Springs

Engstrand, Mr & Mrs Paul Residence (1964)
9450 Sunset Drive, Mt Helix

Esling, Helen Residence (1954)
1119 Klish Way, Del Mar

Fine, Lawrence Dr & Mrs Residence (1967)
10535 Fuerte Drive, Mt Helix

Folsom Residence
3208 Lucinda Street

Franklin, Mr & Mrs Wililam C. Residence (1962)
894 Rosecrans, Pt Loma

Furgatch, Harvey & Kiva Residence (1979)
2932 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar

Hartley Residence (1969)
1 Cabrillo Way, Laguna Beach

Hayward, Chester & Joanne Residence (1963)
1840 Neale Street, Mission Hills

Hood, J. Hall Residence (1955)
6063 Folsom, La Jolla

Hord, Admiral Paul W. and Jane Residence (1952)
621 First Street, Coronado

Hudson, Victor Residence
1275 Trieste Drive, Pt Loma

James Residence (1953)
5578 Calumet, La Jolla

Karn, Patricia Residence
4575 Niagara, Ocean Beach

LaGrange Residence (1974)
1918 Pacific Terrace, Oceanside

Larrick, Herschell
632 Canyon Drive, Solana Beach

Liebmann, Mr & Mrs Joachim Residence (1959)
3711 Dudley Street, Pt Loma

Lipetzky, Jerome Residence (1965)
1367 South Grade Road, Alpine

Loizeaux Residence (1973)
3958 La Cresta Drive

Lyon Residence (1972)
2411 Canyon Road, Escondido

Margolin Residence (1959)
887 La Jolla Rancho Road

Martin Residence (1965)
755 Albion, Pt Loma

McGaughey, John & Janet Residence (1948)
3646 Rosecroft Lane, Pt Loma

McGuire, Mr & Mrs Thomas G. Residence (1969)
1471 Borrego Springs Road, Borrego

Meador Residence ((1973)
14353 Mussey Grade Road, Ramona

Mission Bay Aquatic Control Center (1960)
2581 Quivera Court, Mission Bay

Morley Field Tennis Center (1975)
2221 Morley Field Drive, San Diego

Nemiroff Residence (1975)
2803 Inverness Drive, La Jolla

Neves REsidence (1962)
1376 Willow Street

Newsom, Mr & Mrs T.R. Residence (1955)
2580 North Arroyo Drive, San Diego

Nicol Residence (1982)
15405 Pauma Valley Road

Nourse, Hal Residence (1962)
16205 Rostrata Hill Road, Poway

Olney, Richard Residence (1954)
1644 Crespo, La Jolla

Orman Residence (1976)
12552 Vista Panorama, Santa Ana

Ostenberg, Mr & Mrs W.H. Residence (1959)
1620 Mecca Drive, La Jolla

Palk, Mr & Mrs Robert J. Residence (1955)
9303 Carmichael Street, La Mesa

Peterson Residence (1973)
24341 Sargeant Road, Ramona

Quintana, Mr & Mrs Frank Residence (1956)
2880 Moonridge Road, La Jolla

Richards, Mr & Mrs Sim Bruce Residence #1 (1947)
3505 Talbot (remodel), Pt Loma

Richards, Mr & Mrs Sim Bruce Residence #2 (1947)
977 Albion, Pt Loma

Richards, Mr & Mrs Sim Bruce Residence #3 (1950)
3360 Harbor View Drive, Pt Loma

Richards, Mr & Mrs Sim Bruce Residence #4 (1957)
955 Bangor Street, Point Loma

Richards, Mr & Mrs Sim Bruce Residence Spec House (1972)
3706 Jennings, Pt Loma

Rigsby, Mr & Mrs George Residence (1960)
411 San Remo Way, Pt Loma

Schmock, Joyce Residence (1953)
7345 Remley Place, La Jolla

Silva, Mr & Mrs Edward P. Residence (1953)
560 San Gorgonio, Pt Loma

Simpson Residence
3714 Rosecroft Lane

Skinner, Alma (1949)
7044 Monte Vista, La Jolla

Smith Residence (1951)
5806 Bucknell

Soulé, Alan Residence (1949)
3651 Rosecroft Lane, Pt Loma

Spicer, Mr & Mrs Raymond D. Residence (1960)
379 San Antonio, Pt Loma

Stauffer, Paul Residence (1956)
3033 Central Avenue, City Heights

Throneson, Lt Col & Mrs H.K. Residence (1953)
3640 Dudley Street, Pt Loma

Town Residence Remodel 91953056)
3654 Dudley

Tyson, Robert Residence (1977)
7214 Rue Michael, La Jolla

Ullrich, Marian Residence (1961)
3340 Ingelow Street, Point Loma

Van Dorn, Nicholas Residence Remodel (1968)
10 E. Roseland, La Jolla

Vint, Mr & Mrs Vincent J. Residence (1964)
187 Nob Avenue, Del Mar

Waterman Residence (1957)
19 Vista Del Mar, Orinda

Watson, Mr & Mrs Maurice T. Residence (1964)
2744 Azalea Drive

Weinberg Residence (1978)
23427 Calistoga Place, San Diego Country Estates

Wishing Well Hotel (1960)
Lago Lindo Road, Rancho Santa Fe
*Demolished

Worthington, Bryan Residence (1968)
2137 West California, Old Town

Wright, Leone and Gillett, Elsie Residence (1949)
935 Bangor, Pt Loma

ZLAC Rowing Club Residence (1961)
1111 Pacific Beach Drive, Pacific Beach