Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)

Architects

Walls, John

ID: 115
Full Name: John A. Walls
Occupation: Architect
Gender: M
Nationality: US
Birth Date: 1858
Death Date: 12/12/1922
Family: Spouse: John A. Walls married his wife, Jesse P. Walls, 02/09/1892. Jesse had been born 02/1864 in IA according to the 1900 US Census, WI, according to the 1910 US Census. Her parents came from NY and MD. The US Census for 1920 recorded them having come from OH and WI; this census indicated that she was born in IA. According to a US passport application of 07/06/1923, probably the most reliable source, Jessie P. Walls was born in Spirit Lake, IA, on 02/09/1861.
Parents: His father. John Walls, born c. 1827, was from the Scotland and probably came to the US between 1840-1850, as he first appeared in the 1850 US Census. His mother, Hannah, born c. 1825, was from New York. She probably died between 1870-1880. It appears that his father married twice, first to Hannah, and then to Marion E. Walls, born c. 1836 in England. (Various census surveys from 1860-1920 indicated different origins for John A. Walls's mother, and they could be referencing his birth or step-mother.) The 1860 US Census indicated that his father was an "ornamental plasterer." In 1860, the estate of John and Hannah Walls amounted to approximately $1,300, a reasonable sum for a working class family of the era. The 1870 US Census stated his profession to be a builder. The 1880 US Census again stated that he was a plasterer. Walls was one of 5 children: Mary F. (born c. 1850 in NY, a school teacher in 1870), Edith F. (born c. 1854 in NY), Frank W. (born c. 1856 in NY) and Walter S. (probably a half-brother, born c. 1873 in NY).
Relocation: John A. Walls was born and raised in Buffalo, NY; in 1870, their real estate in Buffalo's 10th Ward, was worth approximately $5,000. By 1880, Walls was still living at home in Buffalo, and referred to himself as an architect. Walls lived in Los Angeles, CA, by 1887. He, his wife and daughter, Elinor, lived at 712 East Adams Street, Los Angeles, CA, in 1900 and 2157 (or 2159) West 20th Street, Los Angeles, CA, in 1910. He owned both houses without mortgages. He continued to live at the latter address in 1920.
Biographical Information: Work History: Walls probably worked for an architectural firm in Buffalo, NY, c. 1880; Walls probably worked for some time for Kysor and Morgan before becoming elevated to Partner in 1887. Partner, Kysor, Morgan and Walls, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, 1887-1890; Partner, Morgan and Walls, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, 1890-1910; Partner, Morgan, Walls, and Morgan, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, 04/1910-c.1920; Partner, Morgan, Walls, Morgan and Clements, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1920-c. 1923; Partner, Morgan, Walls and Clements, Architects (although Walls died in late 1923, his name remained part of the firm name until Stiles O. Clements established his own firm in 1937), Los Angeles, CA, c. 1923-1937;
Miscellaneous: There are various dates noted for Walls's birth. Following Walls's death in 1923, Jessie P. Walls took a world tour with Japan, China, Hong Kong, Straits Settlements, Singapore, India, Ceylon, Burma, Egypt, Italy, Holland, Belgium and the British Isles on the itinerary. She stated her departure date to have been 08/07/1923.
Countries: United States
Structures: 611 South La Brea Avenue Automobile Showroom, Los Angeles, CA - 1927 (10067)
Adamson, Merritt Huntley and Rhoda Rindge Adamson, House, Malibu, CA - 1928-1929 (289)
American Telephone and Telegraph Company (A, T and T), Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, Office Building, Los Angeles, CA - 1911 (1858)
Artisan's Patio Building, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA - 1914 (11260)
Bank of Italy, Branch, Oceanside, CA - 1927 (10071)
Bank of Italy, Headquarters Building #1, Los Angeles, CA - 1920-1922 (11280)
Bank of Italy National Trust and Savings Association, Branch, Compton, CA - 1927 (11262)
Bank of Italy National Trust and Savings Association, Branch, Compton, CA - 1927 (10070)
Belasco Theatre #2, Los Angeles, CA - 1925-1926 (929)
Bettner, Mrs. James House, Riverside, CA - 1891 (300)
Beverly Hills Unified School District, Beverly Hills High School, Beverly Hills, CA - 1926-1927 (11256)
Bonfilio, N., House, Los Angeles, CA - 1898-1899 (16039)
Capitol Milling Company, Los Angeles, CA - 1883 (3475)
Casa Camino Real, Los Angeles, CA - 1924 (11264)
Chapman Park Market, Los Angeles, CA - 1929 (1427)
Chapman Park Studio Building, Los Angeles, CA - 1928-1929 (11258)
Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA - 1929 (10178)
Clements Supermarket - c. 1940 (844)
Coast Savings Bank, Main Office Building #1, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA - 1925-1926 (11270)
Cobb, Olive J., Building, Los Angeles, CA - 1923-1924 (686)
DeHaven, Carter, Music Box Theatre, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA - 1926 (7588)
Dominguez-Wilshire Building, Los Angeles, CA - 1928-1930 (11269)
El Capitan Office Building, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA - 1924-1926 (17206)
El Capitan Theatre #1, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA - 1922-1926 (292)
Famous Department Store, Long Beach, CA - 1928-29 (2204)
Farmers and Merchants National Bank of Los Angeles, Headquarters Building #3, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA - 1905 (4648)
Fuller Paint Company Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA - 1924-1925 (3997)
Haas, Abraham, Building, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA - 1914 (13880)
Hellman, Isaias W., Office Building, Los Angeles, CA - 1912-1915 (9200)
Highland Towers Apartments, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA - (1761)
Hite Building, Los Angeles, CA - 1923-1924 (11271)
Hollenbeck Home for the Aged, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, CA - 1896 (1588)
Hollywood Cemetery, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA - 1900 (7052)
Hollywood Park Race Track, Turf Club, Los Angeles, CA - 1937 (2427)
Hotel Van Nuys, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA - 1896-1897 (10209)
Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF), Hall, Azusa, CA - 1908 (376)
Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF), Hall, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA - 1923-1924 (11368)
Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF), Hall, Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles, CA - 1911 (10864)
Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF), Hall Project, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA - 1913 (14106)
Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF), Hall, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, CA - 1924 (14105)
Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF), Hall, Watts, Los Angeles, CA - 1933 (14104)
Leimert Theatre, Los Angeles, CA - 1931 (3379)
Lord Motor Car Company, Showroom, Los Angeles, CA - 1922-1923 (11263)
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), Jefferson, Thomas High School, Los Angeles, CA - 1936 (1571)
Mayan Theatre, Los Angeles, CA - 1926-1927 (301)
McKinley Building, Los Angeles, CA - 1927 (302)
Morosco Theatre, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA - 1913 (6924)
Mullen and Bluett Department Store, Miracle Mile, Los Angeles, CA - 1947-1949 (10830)
Owl Drug Store/Julian Medical Building, Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA - 1934 (377)
Pacific National Bank Building, Los Angeles, CA - 1925-1926 (3912)
Pantages Theatre #1 and Office Building, Los Angeles, CA - 1909-1910 (921)
Pellissier Building, Los Angeles, CA - 1930-1931 (226)
Professional Building, Phoenix, AZ - 1929-1931 (11268)
Ralph's Supermarket, Miracle Mile, Los Angeles, CA - 1927 (16050)
Richfield Oil Company of California, Office Building, Los Angeles, CA - 1928-1929 (332)
Samson Tyre and Rubber Company, Los Angeles, CA - 1929-1930 (313)
Security 1st National Bank, 5209 Wilshire Boulevard Branch, Los Angeles, CA - 1929 (15574)
Story Building #1, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA - (6907)
Story Building #2, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA - 1908 (299)
Thorpe Building, Los Angeles, CA - 1924 (16049)
Toberman Storage Company, Warehouse, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA - 1925 (7059)
Van Nuys, I.N., Building, Annex, Los Angeles, CA - 1929-1930 (2266)
Van Nuys, Isaac Newton, Building, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA - 1910-1911 (1471)
Locations: Architect's Birth:
Buffalo, NY
USA
Publications: Naylor, David, American Picture Palaces The Architecture of Fantasy, 203, 217, 1981.
Naylor, David, American Picture Palaces The Architecture of Fantasy, 219, 1981.
American Theatres of Today, 94-95, 1927.
American Theatres of Today, 80-82, 1927.
"May Represent Southern California Chapter AIA at Congress of Architects in Vienna", Architect and Engineer of California, 77, 03/1908.
"Story Building plans, 1908", Architect and Engineer of California, 77, 03/1908.
"McKinley Builiding", Architectural Digest, 6: 4, 80, 1928.
Mackertich, Tony, Mackertich, Peter, Architectural Expressions A Photographic Reassessment of Fun in Architecture, 32-34, 2001.
"The Richfield Oil Building, Los Angeles", Architectural Record, 67: 6, 505-510, 06/1930.
"Recent European Theaters", Architectural Record, 57: 229-244, 9/1932.
Marquis, Donald E., "Archaeologial Aspects of the Mayan Theatre of Los Angeles, California", Art and Archaeology, 29: 98-111, 124, 3/1930.
"Capitol Milling Company, Los Angeles, CA, additions 1898", Builder and Contractor, 2, col 1, 01/12/1898.
"Morgan and Walls becomes Morgan, Walls and Morgan, 1910", Builder and Contractor, 5, 04/07/1910.
"Pacific National Bank building, Los Angeles", Builder and Contractor, 47, 01/02/1925.
"Bonfilio House plans", Builder and Contractor, 1, col 3, 06/01/1898.
"Lincoln Heights Odd Fellows Lodge", Builder and Contractor, 7, col 3, 06/01/1911.
"Plans for the 3-story lodge building of the Lincoln Heights Odd Fellows Lodge", Builder and Contractor, 17, 06/15/1911.
Rifkind, Carole, Field Guide to American Architecture, 221-222, 226-228, 1980.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Guide to Architecture in Southern California, 77, 1965.
Haefele, Marc B., "City Limits: McKinley Assassinated!", LA Weekly, 13, 18-19, 01/30/1998-02/05/1998.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 235, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 187, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 235, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, "Security First National Bank of Los Angeles (now Security Pacific Bank Building), 1929", Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 192, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 160, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, "Van Nuys Hotel (now Barclay Hotel), 1896", Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 238, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, "Globe Theater, 1921", Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 236, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, "I.N. Van Nuys Building, 1910-11", Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 238, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, "Toberman Storage Warehouse (now Bekins), 1925", Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 158, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 284, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 253, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 231, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 234, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 269, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 259, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 234, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 203, 1994.
Bernstein, Ken, "McKinley Building Update--When Preservation Efforts Fall on Deaf Ears", Los Angeles Conservancy News, 3, 11-12/1998.
Hoff Delvac, Barbara, "Conservancy intervention halts demolition of McKinley Building", Los Angeles Conservancy News, 1, 5, 11-12/1997.
Los Angeles Conservancy News, 5, 05-06/1984.
"CRA to purchase Belasco Theater", Los Angeles Conservancy News, 7: 6, 1, 11-12/1985.
Delvac, Barbara Hoff, "McKinley Building falls to demolition", Los Angeles Conservancy News, 1, 4, 3-4/1998.
"Manufacturers take products straight to consumers", Los Angeles Daily Business Journal, 4, 12/10/1990.
"Story to finance building, 1900", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 4, 10/13/1900.
"Odd Fellows Hall, Azusa, Notice", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2, col. 1, 02/26/1908.
Edmonds, Andy, "Showstopper", Los Angeles Magazine, 128-136, 11/1989.
Shuster, Beth, "Building gets a monthlong reprieve", Los Angeles Times, B6, 12/18/1997.
"Kysor, Morgan and Walls Advertisement", Los Angeles Times, 6, 03/09/1889.
Kinchen, David M., "1929-Vintage Market Will Get New Life", Los Angeles Times, 1, 06/12/1988.
"Capitalist will build theater", Los Angeles Times, 1, 10/24/1909.
"Building Reviewed", Los Angeles Times, 13, 12/16/1923.
Hebert, Ray, "End Arrives for L.A.'s Richfield Building", Los Angeles Times, B4, 11/13/1968.
"Increased Demand for Business Space Tempts Builders", Los Angeles Times, V1, 4 col. 3, 12/23/1923.
"Three Sites Designated as Historical Landmarks", Los Angeles Times, Home Edition: 12, 11/14/1985.
"Mullen & Bluett to Open Miracle Mile Unit Today", Los Angeles Times, 14, 02/24/1949.
"New playhouse to rise shortly", Los Angeles Times, 1, 01/12/1909.
"Kysor, Morgan and Walls Advertisement", Los Angeles Times, 6, 03/09/1889.
"Personal Mention", Los Angeles Times, 0_4, 10/06/1882.
"New Clothing Store to Open Next Feb. 24", Los Angeles Times, 19, 02/10/1949.
"West C of C Makes Beautification Awards Restored Wiltern Theatre, Fox Plaza in Century City, Capture Top Honors", Los Angeles Times, Home Edition: 5, 04/19/1987.
Landsberg, Mitchell, "19th century mill gets new lease on life for the 21st", Los Angeles Times, B1, B8, 2/29/2000.
Piccalo, Gina, "A new generation savors the pleasures of city's first mall", Los Angeles Times, B1, B10, 10/21/2000.
"Theatres of Los Angeles including Hollywood and more.", Marquee, 30: 1, 4-29, 1998.
National Register of Historic Places 1976, 68, 1976.
LeBerthon, J.L., Our Architecture : Morgan & Walls, John Parkinson, Hunt & Eager, 1904.
"Pantages vs Grauman", Rounder, 5, 10/07/1911.
"Van Nuys Odd Fellows Hall plans", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 58, col 2, 03/07/1924.
"Odd Fellows Hall, Los Angeles", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 42, col 2, 11/09/1923.
Southwest Builder and Contractor, 34, col 2, 05/12/1933.
"Odd Fellows Lodge Plans Washington Blvd at Oak Street", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 52, col 2, 02/15/1924.
"Bank of Italy, Compton Branch plans", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 53, col 2, 10/07/1927.
"Bank of Italy, Compton Branch", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 53, col 2, 10/07/1927.
"Bank of Italy, Oceanside Branch, plans", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 51, col1, 10/07/1927.
"Independent Order of Odd Fellows Project Flower Street and 12th Street, Los Angeles", Southwest Contractor and Manufacturer, 12, col 1-2, 02/15/1913.
Betsky, Aaron, Three California Houses: The Homes of Max Palevsky, 70, 2002.
Williams, Diane, Wiltern: From Pastureland to Performing Arts Center, 1985.