Homer Delawie

Architect | 1927-2009
Homer Delawie circa 1962. Photograph by Douglas Simmonds

Homer Delawie enlisted in the US Navy just two weeks prior to the surrender of Japan ending World War II in 1945. He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo among the campus' initial architecture graduates in 1951. Homer started working with Lloyd Ruocco in 1956. While Ruocco was traveling (1960-1961), Homer Delawie initiated plans to launch his own firm along with other Ruocco Delawie staff.

Homer Delawie circa 1962. Photograph by Douglas Simmonds

“Architecture is a way of life. If not, you shouldn’t be doing it...” - Homer Delawie

Homer Delawie enlisted in the US Navy at age 17, two weeks prior to the surrender of Japan ending World War II in 1945. Following his tenure in the military, Mr. Delawie returned to firefighting, a job he held while in high school. While challenging, Homer left his forestry work to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo under mentor George Hasslein (1918 - 2001), the founding Dean of the campus’ School of Architecture. Mr. Delawie was amongst a small group of the school’s initial graduates in 1951.

With a foundation in progressive/contemporary architecture, Mr. Delawie was thinking differently than his Beaux-Arts trained colleagues leaving UC Berkeley at the time. Of his first years after college, he later recalled, “I was already thinking about terrain, environments and how people lived.”

According to Mr. Delawie, only after he had decided to devote his life to architecture did he learn of Mies van der Rohe and ‘modern architecture’. To that end, among his early influences, while at Cal Poly, were faculty-led field trips outside of San Luis Obispo. Cal Poly's School of Architecture Dean, George Hasslein, led architecture students on trips to Los Angeles to meet practicing architects, tour their offices and view built projects. At the time, Arts & Architecture’s Case Study House program was in full steam and Delawie had a front row seat on at least one of his trips to Los Angeles with his class.

Arriving in San Diego shortly after graduation, Homer started working with Lloyd Ruocco in 1956. According to Delawie, his first project was the broadcasting building for KGTV/Channel 10. The project would be completed in early 1957. With Ruocco planning for extended international travel in 1960-61, he and Delawie agreed to join in partnership during his absence as Homer was a registered/licensed architect (so he could run the firm in Ruocco’s absence). Almost immediately, the Ruocco & Delawie, AIA partnership came together and began securing commissions, such as the Senterfit Residence, as Ruocco firmed up his travel plans.

While Ruocco was travelling (1960-1961), Homer Delawie initiated plans to launch his own firm. By the time construction began on Senterfit Residence (circa July, 1961), Homer left the partnership along with Bill Fisher, Frank White, Jack Matteson, and Al Macy among others. Some of these employees, like Matteson, would later return to work alongside Ruocco.

According to John Henderson, “After Lloyd's return, Homer and Al Macy left to open their own office in Old Town and took the Zoo as their client. Homer was a partner with Al in real estate, but Al initially did not want to be part of the headaches of an architectural business. Homer Delawie, AIA, was then established from a rented space on Harney Avenue. The team built and moved into a new office at 2827 Presidio Drive after it was completed.”

Henderson continued, “Al soon was offered a church project so he then "Associated" with Homer Delawie, AIA to do that job as "Al Macy Architect, Associated with Homer Delawie, AIA". Homer from the beginning was always the "front man" to make contacts, generate clients, and oversee the design and Al was the "inside man" to manage the business, be the project programmer/planner, production manager and primary designer of most of the commercial work.”

Henderson also recalled, “I joined with the firm as an Architect associated with Homer Delawie, AIA in June of 1964. John Moore, AIA and Al Macy, AIA were also operating in this same category for work that they generated. Homer Delawie, AIA became Delawie & Macy, AIA in 1966, and then Delawie, Macy & Henderson, AIA in 1968. The firm was then divided into two entities in December 1975 as: 1) Delawie, Bretton, Wilkes and Baker, AIA, and 2) Macy, Henderson & Cole, AIA.”

The great thing about architecture, is getting to know everything about the client" - Homer Delawie

Partial List of Projects

Allan, Mr. & Mrs. John N. Residence (Jan – Feb. 1961)
8080 El Paseo Grande
Ruocco & Delawie
Unclear if it was built on this site

Alpha Xi Delta Sorority House (1962)
5702 Hardy Avenue
Demolished

Anderson, Dr. Ernest R. & Josephine Residence and Garage Door Addition (1968)
2001 Willow Street
Delawie & Macy

Andrusson, Mr. & Mrs. Uno Residence & Addition (1965)
4726 Panorama Drive
Delawie & Macy

Art Linkletter Housing Tract (ca. 1962-63)
Houses on East Washington Avenue and Wichita, El Cajon

AVCO Office Building (1971)
2223 Avenida de la Playa La Jolla
Designed by Delawie, Macy & Henderson AIA

Bardrick Residence & Addition
Potentially located at 8247 Paseo Del Ocaso

Beaudette, Mr. & Mrs. Residence for McKellar & Wyer (February 1960)
8348 Paseo Del Ocaso
Designed by Ruocco & Delawie
Unclear if it was built on this site. There appear to be other projects nearby that may have been built by McKellar and Wyer. Mckellar’s family owned many of the parcels in this area.

Bradley Residence Addition

Brooks Garden Shelter

Bullock, T.H. Residence, Additions and Landscape (1966-1971)
Rue Michael
Delawie, Macy & Henderson

Burke, Mr. & Mrs. J.L. Residence (January, 1960)
Lot 10, Block 25 of El Paseo Grande, La Jolla
Designed by Ruocco Delawie
This may also have been a McKellar & Wyer project possibly the demolished home at 8364 Paseo Del Ocaso

Burke, Jack Residence (ca. 1960)
2322 Hartford Street
Designed by Ruocco & Delawie

Burton Addition (1964)
2180 Calle Frescota

California General

California General – New building

California General Shop Building, III

Callahan Office Bldg. (State Fund)

Carmelite Monastery Remodel

Camp Pendelton Shopping Center Proposal

Carey Residence

Carter Residence, Carport & Alterations

Casady, Derek Residence (1966)
9974 Shadow Road, La Mesa

Cate Residence (1966)
4440 Brindisi Street
Delawie & Macy

Charles Hair Stylist Beauty Salon (1960)
Blough & Bradshaw, Owners
College Grove Shopping Center, Space B-20
Ruocco & Delawie

Charlton Residence
Via Capri, La Jolla

Church of the Resurrection (1973)
1445 Conway Drive, Escondido
Delawie, Macy & Henderson

Clark, James Residence & Addition
Mission Hills

Clark, Milo Residence
Country Club Lane, La Jolla

Collins, Braun Residence (1962)
La Jolla Corona Drive

Crist/La Point Residence Remodel
Hillcrest

Crist Ingall Street Apartments

Crowe Apartments

Davies Residence

Dawson Landscaping

Dawson No. II.

Deelan Corporation
Model A, B, C, D, DX (N), E, EX, F, G

Deelan Plot Grading Plans
Garden Village (Units 1-5 & Misc.)

Delawie Architectural Office Building (1962)
2827 Presidio Drive
Award of Excellence AIA, San Diego Chapter (1962)

Delawie Bayside Duplex Remodel

Delawie, Homer Residence #1 (1958)
1773 Torrance Street, Mission Hills
Award of Excellence, AIA San Diego 1960

Delawie, Homer Residence #2 (1963)
1833 Neale Street, Mission Hills

Delawie, Homer Residence #3 (1973)
2749 Azalea Drive, Point Loma

Delawie IV

Delbeco Residence
Hillside Drive, La Jolla

Del Cerro Residence (November, 1961)
5657 Del Cerro Avenue
Also known as 'Del Cerro Residence Study, Owner - Schreiber Const. Co. This home includes an addition 'Addition to the Mr. & Mrs. Raymond C. Adler Residence by James E. Hurley AIBD, Building Designer (while his office was at 7870 La Mesa Blvd.) dated 12/19/68'

Dickenson Residence

Drogin Homes

Dulbecco Garage – Remodel

Dulbecco Living Room Remodel

Dulbecco Patio, Pool & Garage

Dunn Building & Alterations

Dunn Residence Addition

Ehnke Kitchen Remodel

Elementary Institute of Science

Epsten Medical Facility AKA Professional Office Building for Dr. Robert Epsten (1968)
1835 El Cajon Blvd (at Georgia Street)

Fahlsing Remodel

Farrar Residence Alterations

Faulkner Residence

Featherman Remodel

Feller Apartments

Feller Office & Addition

Feller Residence & Addition (1960)
3377 Charles Street
Ruocco Delawie

Ferenz Construction - 4 Unit Apartments

Ferenz Construction - 5 Unit Apartments

First & Juniper Remodel

Foster (AKA Hillside House) Residence & Landscape (1960)
3343 Poe Street, Point Loma
Ruocco Delawie

Frank Mill Corp. Office Addition (1963)
2630 1st Avenue

Fredman Residence (1988)
969 Coast Blvd. South, La Jolla

Frivaldsky Residence (1962)
1945 Balboa, Del Mar

Frye Paddle Tennis Court

Garten Veterinary Hospital

Gibson Res.

Girl Scout Camp - Shower/Locker Renovation

Godfrey Residence (1960)
2218 Vallecitos, La Jolla

Goldzband, Dr. Mel Residence & Remodel (1964)
4709 La Rueda, Mt. Helix

Goldzband Office (1967)
3242 Fourth Avenue

Gray, Garland Residence (July, 1960)
Juniper Street (at Eldorado Drive and E. Vermont)
Ruocco & Delawie

Grossmont Medical Building

Hackett Residence Remodel

Haimsohn Residence Remodel

Haimsohn Residence Addition #1

Hart Residence

Haupt Residence

Hawkins, William Residence (1963)
6949 Fairway Road, La Jolla

Hesch Apartments

Hillside House (1960)
3343 Poe Street, Point Loma
Ruocco & Delawie, published in Arts & Architecture

Hine Residence
La Jolla

Hoffman, Josef Munoz Residence (1964)
Spring Valley

Holmes Apartments

Hughes Duplex

Hurley Residence (1965)
1442 Yaqui Road, Borrego Springs

Immaculate Heart Chapel – Remodel

Imperial Rug Mill

Jack Residence

Jackson, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Residence
El Paseo Grande, La Jolla

Jacobs, Dan & Roslyn Residence & Addition (1967)
8518 Calle De Buena Fe, El Cajon

Johnston Residence
Rancho Santa Fe

Johnston Residence
8272 El Paseo Grande
Designed by Ruocco & Delawie
Built by McKellar Wyer

Kattleman Residence
Mission Hills

Kennick Residence Alterations

Kenton Equipment – New Building and Remodel

Kratz, Hugh and Karen Residence (1964)
1660 Froude, Ocean Beach

Kruger Residence

La Costa Golf View Terrace

La Costa Plaza

Lanthorn Residence (1963)
7520 Mar Avenue, La Jolla

Lard Residence & Additions (Wexman)
2218 Vallecitos
Designed by Ruocco Delawie
Built by McKellar Wyer

La Playa Dock (1969)
North End of Harbor Island
Delawie, Macy & Henderson
Not Built

Lavender Residence Guest House

Lee Residence Addition

Legro, Stanley Residence (designed ca. 1971, built ca. 1973)
Rancho Santa Fe

Leonard Apartments

Lewis Duplex

Lincoln, Robert Residence (1971)
Nogales Street, Del Mar
Delawie & Macy

Lincoln Residence
Borrego Springs

Lockwood Apartments

Logan, Roy Residence

Lone Wolf Colony

Louie’s Furniture Building

Lutes Residence Addition

Mahoney Residence Addition

Mannis, Dr. & Mrs. Residence (1964-65)
446 Jacaranda Drive, Chula Vista

Marquis & Dunn Offices

Marshall Apartments (1967)
4226 Cleveland Avenue
Designed by Delawie & Macy

Marshall, Dr. & Mrs. Adrian Residence (1961)
2767 Hidden Valley Road, La Jolla
Ruocco & Delawie

Marston Residence

Matheson, Dr. & Mrs. Arthur Residence (1962)
North Lane
Designed by Delawie with Cliff Stanfield

Mcdonald Homes

McKellar & Wyer House
Bonair Place

McKellar & Wyer House
Del Mar

McKellar & Wyer Duplex – AKA Rucker Smith Duplex (February 1960 – November 1961)
8015-8017 El Paseo Grande (Lot 18, Block 7), La Jolla
Ruocco Delawie

McKellar & Wyer – Single Family Residence

McNitt, Mr. & Mrs. R.L. Jr. Residence (1966)
8311 El Paseo Grande, La Jolla
Delawie & Macy

Mehnert Residence Addition

Mexico Pacific Shop & Addition for William Moxley (1964)
Formerly at 2723 or 2729 San Diego Avenue in Old Town State Historic Park
Recognized at the 1964 United Masonry Association of San Diego Awards

Mill, Frank
Extent of project unknown

Miller, Mr. & Mrs. David Residence& Addition (1961)
2591 Via Barletta, La Jolla
Designed by Ruocco & Delawie

Mira Mesa, Inc., Six Unit Apartment Building for (1961)
6557 Tait Street
Designed by Ruocco & Delawie

Mission San Diego Rectory

Modern Furniture Remodel

Murphy Canyon Housing

Music & Fine Arts – USIU

Mount Soledad Presbyterian Church

Navlodges

Nichols, M.H. Residence (1962)
2682 Idle Hour Lane, La Jolla

Niewenhous, Dr. T.H. Medical Building (1959)
104 I Street, Brawley, California
Ruocco Delawie

Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Building (1963)
6th Avenue and Crosstown Freeway (possibly 1717 5th Avenue)

Nyiri, Joe Garage/Studio (1969)
3525 Albatross Street
Delawie & Macy

Odheimer Kitchen Remodel (1970)
4341 Appleton

Old San Diego Community Church (1971)
Congress Street
Delawie, Macy & Henderson

Old San Diego Community Church – Carillon Relocation

Old, Addition to Dr. & Mrs. William F. Residence (1970)
2111 Blackmore Court
Delawie, Macy & Henderson

Orchard, Mr. & Mrs. E.O. Residence (1968)
Fairview Drive, Vista
Delawie & Macy

Orne Residence Addition

Orowheat Baking Co. – Remodel

Orrs Gallery - Remodel

Park Chateau Corp. – Apartments

Park Garden Apartments
1740 Upas Street
Designed by Ruocco Delawie

Pecos Park Res. – Interstate Bldgs.

Pepper Ranchos/Gifford Construction

Petersen, Captain & Mrs. A.J. Residence (1962)
1010 Glorietta Blvd, Coronado

Peyke Residence
La Jolla Shores

Pickering Residence Addition & Alterations

Platt, Shearn & Linda Residence (1985)
3105 Brant Street

Playa del Oro Apartments for Florence Scripps Kellogg (1964)
8111 Camino Del Oro

Plaza de Balboa + Fountain, (1972)
East End of El Prado, Balboa Park
Delawie, Macy & Henderson

Porter, David Apartments (1962)
3525 Bayside, Mission Beach

Porter, David Office Building
Pacific Beach

Porter Duplex

Porter Residence Remodel

Prante Residence
Oceanside

Presidio Park Dedication Monument (1966)
NE Corner of Taylor Street & Presidio Drive
Designed by Delawie & Macy

Private Residence Remodel (1965)
3437 Jackdaw, Mission Hills

Private Residence (1971)
1660 Cloverdale Road, Escondido

Private Residence
Puterbaugh Street, Mission Hills

Randel Residence Addition

Randolph, Mr. & Mrs. W. Residence (1962)
4551 Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach

Red Cross Addition

Red Cross – S.D. County – Lanai Remodel

Regal, Donald Residence

Rees Stealy Clinic Addition (1965)
2001 4th Avenue
Homer Delawie designed the 1965 addition to the clinic building, which was originally designed by Louis Gill. The original building permit (dated March, 1965) was signed by employee Billy E. Slatton. According to Slatton, “Homer was the Architect and Al Macy was in charge of the project… and I helped with the drawings. George Saunders was the engineer.”

Ricketeson Residence (1960)
11819 Johnson Lake Drive, Lakeside

Rodman Residence Garage Addition & Kitchen Remodel

Rosary High School Addition

Rucker Smith, Mrs. Ruth Duplex AKA McKellar & Wyer Duplex (February, 1960 - Nov '61)
8015-8017 El Paseo Grande
Designed by Ruocco Delawie

San Carlos Golf Clubhouse Remodel & Additions (1970)
7380 Golf Crest Place
Delawie, Macy & Henderson

Sandell, Dr. & Mrs. James Residence (November, 1959)
2030 Sunset, Mission Hills
Designed by Ruocco Delawie

San Diego Zoo
Work included: Animal Hospital; Chimpanzee Enclosure; Elephant Compound; Nursery Remodel; Admin & Gift Shop Additions; Gift Shop Remodel; Foodstand #6; Foodstand Trellis; Ape Enclosure; Monkey Enclosure Alterations & Additions; Indian Rhino Exhibit; Rhino Exhibit; Haybarn; Restroom & Patio Addition; Restaurant Division; Restaurant Entrance #2; Toilet & Lounge addition; Scullery Revision; Patio Addition; Patio Cover; Monkey Enclosure for Cancer Institute; Primate Retiring Boxes; Emu Enclosure; Education Bldg. Alterations; Tourist Information Ctr.; Parking Lot Restrooms; Snake & Tortoise Exhibit; Aquatic Turtle Exhibit; Parking Lot Tower; gibbon & Baboon Complex; Restrooms; Walrus Enclosure; Giraffe Enclosure; Portable Snack Bar; Baby Elephant Enclosure; Roof for Group Services Bldg.; and Stroller Garage.

Saunders Residence (1968)
3044 Sterne Street, Point Loma

Schmitt Residence

Schroeder Residence & Addition

Scholander Residence

Security Pacific Bank, Point Loma (1969)
1180 Rosecrans Street
Designed by Delawie, Macy & Henderson
Demolished

Scholander Residence
Paseo Del Ocaso, La Jolla

Schrock Residence (Spec House)
La Jolla

Schroeder Residence
San Pasqual Valley

Senterfit Residence (1960)
1404 Franciscan Way, University Heights
*Designed by Ruocco Delawie

Seybert, C. Residence

Shannon Deck

Silva, Mr. & Mrs. William Residence

Slayen Residence (1963)
4293 Jackdaw Street, Mission Hills

Smith, Hal G. Residence (1967)
2435 Wilbur Avenue

St. Catherine Laboure (1966)
4038 Mount Abraham Avenue
Delawie, Macy & Henderson

St. Therese Remodel

State Fund Office Bldg – Callahen Office Bldg.

Stillman Residence Remodel

Stocker Residence & Deck Addition

Straza Industries

Styner Residence (1966)
Ocean Beach
Delawie & Macy

Swanson Residence (1973)
1887 Viking Way, La Jolla

Tchang Park Tower Apartments

Delawie Tract Housing Design

Tract Housing Design (ca. 1965)
On Neddick Avenue in Poway
Examples may also be found on Mt. Soledad

Techbilt Inc., A Residence For (June, 1960)
Plan No. 601
Designed by Ruocco Delawie

Techbilt Inc., A Residence For (1962)
Plan No. 40-A
Designed by Homer Delawie

Techbilt Office Building Addition

Tech Construction Building and Addition (1963,1971)
Kenyon Court & Kenyon Street

Tech-Rick Building Office Remodel
Kemper Street

Tecolote Park Recreation Center

Temporary Lodging Units (Navlodges) (1970)
Naval Air Station North Island
Delawie, Macy & Henderson

Thomas Residence Pool Patio & Entry

Thompson Medical Library (1968)
Balboa Park / Naval Hospital

Torrey College

Transamerica Insurance Group Office (Epsten Medical Facility)

United Cerebal Palsy

University City – Single Family Residence

University of San Diego – College for Men

University of San Diego – College for Men - Phase 2

USD – East Area Master Plan

USIU – Music & Fine Arts

Valencia, Jerry 5-Unit Apartment for (1969)
Larch Avenue & Wilwood Avenue
Delawie, Macy & Henderson

Van Fowler Residence Addition

W&F Development Residence
Hartford Street

W&F Development Residence
Loring Street

Wasserman Residence
La Jolla

Weekend Cabin

West Residence - Pool Cover Addition

Westphal Residence (1963)
4285 Jackdaw Street, Mission Hills

Whelan Residence

Wherry Housing Project

Wilkins Residence Alterations

Wilson, Mr. & Mrs. L. Residence Addition

Winters Residence

Wolters Residence Remodel

World Trade Center – San Diego Port District (1970)
Old Ferry Landing
Delawie, Macy & Henderson, Not Built

Wyer Garden House (1 Story)

Wyer Garden House (2 Story)

Wylie Residence

Zeisse Residence Addition

Zeta Beta Tau

Zimmerman Apartments & Remodel

“The great thing about architecture, is getting to know everything about the client,” - Homer Delawie

Andrusson Residence

SOLD: Delawie House III by Homer Delawie (1974)

2749 Azalea Dr San Diego, CA, 92106 8 Bed 3.5 Bath $960,000

Delawie, Homer Residence I (1958)

3746 Keating St San Diego, CA, 92110

Delawie, Homer Residence II (1963)

1833 Neale St San Diego, CA, 92103

Westphal Residence (1963)

4285 Jackdaw St San Diego, CA, 92103

Casady Residence (1961)

9974 Shadow Rd La Mesa, CA, 91941
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