Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)

Architects

Clements, Stiles

ID: 116
Full Name: Stiles Oliver Clements
Occupation: Architect
Gender: M
Nationality: US
Birth Date: 03/02/1883
Death Date: 01/15/1966
Family: Spouse: Stiles O. Clements married Ida M. Clements, a Canadian by birth, c. 1912.
Parents: His mother's maiden name was Hubbard;
Children: Two sons: Robert and Harold and two daughters: Mrs. Robert Rosenast (Mary Clements Rosenast) and Mrs. William Driver. At his death, Clements had 11 grandchildren, and a brother, Thomas, living in Pasadena, CA.
Relocation: Clements was born in Centerville, MD; he moved to Los Angeles, CA, in 1911, at age 28. In 1930, he and his family lived at 1522 Golden Gate Avenue, Los Angeles, in a house he owned. It was valued at $18,000, a significant sum in 1930; at this time, the family had a live-in servant, Marion E. Barr, thirty years old. He lived in Beverly Hills, CA, at 708 North Linden Avenue, for approximately 31 years from 1935-1966; he died at Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles, CA, at the age of 82;
Biographical Information: Education: B.Arch., Drexel Institute of Technology, Philadelphia, PA; M.Arch., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA; Coursework, Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, France;
Work History: Clements worked in New York, NY, for different firms before traveling to California in 1911. Partner, Morgan, Walls, Morgan and Clements, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1923; Partner, Morgan, Walls and Clements, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, 19??-1937; Principal, Stiles O. Clements and Associates, Architects-Engineers, Los Angeles, CA, 1937-1955; Stiles O. and Robert O. Clements, Architects-Engineers, Los Angeles, CA, 1955-1965; Clements retired in 1965.
Miscellaneous: SSN: 554-50-5114; Clements was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, CA. Member, Bel-Air Bay Club, Pacific Palisades, CA; Member, Downtown Kiwanis Club, Los Angeles, CA; Member, Stock Exchange Club, Los Angeles, CA; Member, Lambda Alpha Fraternity, Drexel Institute of Technology, Philadelphia, PA; Member, Los Angeles Saddle and Sirloin Club, Los Angeles, CA; Clements was an avid horseman. Co-founder of Los Angeles Beautiful; Member, Downtown Garden Club, Los Angeles, CA. According to his daughter, Mary Clements Rosenast, Stiles O. Clements tended to inspect his new buildings when no one else was on the site. (See Mary Clements Rosenast, "Stiles O. Clements: A Personal View," Los Angeles Conservancy News, 12:2, 03-04/1990, p. 8.) Clements originated the Los Angeles Trees-in-the-Streets program. He also maintained an aviary on his Beverly Hills property. The US Census of 1930 indicated that Stiles O. Clements had been born in DE, not MD; his father was from MD, his mother from DE. Clements was installed as President of the Guild Opera Company on 01/26/1955;
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)
Bank of America National Trust and Savings Association, Branch, 6780 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA - (378)
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 (10070)
Bank of Italy National Trust and Savings Association, Branch, Compton, CA - 1927 (11262)
Belasco Theatre #2, Los Angeles, CA - 1925-1926 (929)
Beverly Hills Unified School District, Beverly Hills High School, Beverly Hills, CA - 1926-1927 (11256)
Carnation Office Building/Restaurant, Los Angeles, CA - (309)
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)
Chapman’s Alician Court Theatre, Downtown, Fullerton, CA - 1924-1925 (6790)
Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA - 1929 (10178)
Clements, Stiles O., House, Beverly Hills, CA - (11281)
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)
Coulter's Department Store, Wilshire Branch, Los Angeles, CA - (145)
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)
Franklin Life Insurance Building, Los Angeles, CA - (11283)
Fuller Paint Company Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA - 1924-1925 (3997)
Hearst, William Randolph, Castle, San Simeon, San Luis Obispo, CA - 1919-1947 (3369)
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)
Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF), Hall, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA - 1923-1924 (11368)
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)
KEHE Radio Building, Los Angeles, CA - 1936 (184)
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)
Mullen and Bluett Department Store, Miracle Mile, Los Angeles, CA - 1947-1949 (10830)
Murray, Arthur, Dance Studio, Los Angeles, CA - 1941 (306)
Norwalk Square Shopping Center, Lerner Shops, Norwalk, CA - 1957 (9595)
Norwalk Square Shopping Center, Norwalk, CA - (9593)
Norwalk Square Shopping Center, Penney, J.C., Company, Incorporated, Department Store, Norwalk, CA - (9594)
Owl Drug Store/Julian Medical Building, Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA - 1934 (377)
Pacific National Bank Building, Los Angeles, CA - 1925-1926 (3912)
Pellissier Building, Los Angeles, CA - 1930-1931 (226)
Pershing Square Parking Garage, Los Angeles, CA - 1950 (308)
Pig 'N Whistle Restaurant, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA - 1927 (303)
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)
Southern California Gas Company Medical Building, Los Angeles, CA - 1949 (10525)
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)
Locations: Architect's Birth:
Centerville, MD
USA
Architect's Death:
Los Angeles, CA
USA
Publications: "Detail Models Facilitate Design", American Architect, 44-45, 05/1931.
Breeze, Carla, American Art Deco Architecture and Regionalism, 17, 2003.
Breeze, Carla, American Art Deco Architecture and Regionalism, 226, 250-253, 2003.
Naylor, David, American Picture Palaces The Architecture of Fantasy, 90, 104-105, 203, 218, 1981.
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.
"Pershing Square Garage, Los Angeles", Architect and Engineer, 12, 03/1951.
"Richfield Building", Architect and Engineer, 92, 01/1930.
"Richfield Building", Architectural Digest, 7: 3, 13-15, 1929.
"McKinley Builiding", Architectural Digest, 6: 4, 80, 1928.
Mackertich, Tony, Mackertich, Peter, Architectural Expressions A Photographic Reassessment of Fun in Architecture, 32-34, 2001.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles, 283, 2003.
"Recent European Theaters", Architectural Record, 57: 229-244, 9/1932.
"The Richfield Oil Building, Los Angeles", Architectural Record, 67: 6, 505-510, 06/1930.
Marquis, Donald E., "Archaeologial Aspects of the Mayan Theatre of Los Angeles, California", Art and Archaeology, 29: 98-111, 124, 3/1930.
"Pacific National Bank building, Los Angeles", Builder and Contractor, 47, 01/02/1925.
Allen, Harris, "Terra Cotta Versus Terra Firma", California Arts and Architecture, 32-39 , 02/1930.
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, 187, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 253, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 235, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 234, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 234, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 203, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 284, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 259, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 262, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 160, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 269, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, "Toberman Storage Warehouse (now Bekins), 1925", Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 158, 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.
Delvac, Barbara Hoff, "McKinley Building falls to demolition", Los Angeles Conservancy News, 1, 4, 3-4/1998.
Hoff Delvac, Barbara, "Conservancy intervention halts demolition of McKinley Building", Los Angeles Conservancy News, 1, 5, 11-12/1997.
"CRA to purchase Belasco Theater", Los Angeles Conservancy News, 7: 6, 1, 11-12/1985.
Bernstein, Ken, "McKinley Building Update--When Preservation Efforts Fall on Deaf Ears", Los Angeles Conservancy News, 3, 11-12/1998.
"Manufacturers take products straight to consumers", Los Angeles Daily Business Journal, 4, 12/10/1990.
"Black and Gold Color Motif on Oil Skyscraper", Los Angeles Examiner, Section IV: 3, 10/14/1928.
"Mullen & Bluett to Open Miracle Mile Unit Today", Los Angeles Times, 14, 02/24/1949.
Kinchen, David M., "1929-Vintage Market Will Get New Life", Los Angeles Times, 1, 06/12/1988.
"Stiles Clements Named to Head Guild Opera Co. ", Los Angeles Times, 36, 01/27/1955.
"Remodeling Job on Richfield Building", Los Angeles Times, 17, 01/15/1953.
"Downtown Structure to Be Guide: Richfield Building is the Second Tallest Building at this Date", Los Angeles Times, 2, 08/25/1929.
Ouroussoff, Nicolai, "Commentary; Failing a Landmark; When a school district's building plan hinges on demolishing a historic site, something is amiss", Los Angeles Times, F1, 07/15/2002.
Hebert, Ray, "End Arrives for L.A.'s Richfield Building", Los Angeles Times, B4, 11/13/1968.
"Miracle Mile Designer Stiles Clements Dies", Los Angeles Times, 3, 01/16/1966.
"In Norwalk Center", Los Angeles Times, F6, 03/17/1957.
"Increased Demand for Business Space Tempts Builders", Los Angeles Times, V1, 4 col. 3, 12/23/1923.
"Building Reviewed", Los Angeles Times, 13, 12/16/1923.
"Obituary Stiles O. Clements", Los Angeles Times, 01/17/1966.
"The Citadel to Rise at Former Tire Plant Mixed-Use Project in Commerce to Retain Assyrian Facade", Los Angeles Times, 1, 03/22/1987.
"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.
Shuster, Beth, "Building gets a monthlong reprieve", Los Angeles Times, B6, 12/18/1997.
Piccalo, Gina, "A new generation savors the pleasures of city's first mall", Los Angeles Times, B1, B10, 10/21/2000.
"Architectural Display Set", Los Angeles Times, F5, 01/11/1959.
"New Clothing Store to Open Next Feb. 24", Los Angeles Times, 19, 02/10/1949.
"Three Sites Designated as Historical Landmarks", Los Angeles Times, Home Edition: 12, 11/14/1985.
"Theatres of Los Angeles including Hollywood and more.", Marquee, 30: 1, 4-29, 1998.
Men's Garden Club of Los Angeles Roster and Notebook, np, Spring 1964.
Clements, Stiles O., "Some considerations in the design of small banks", Pacific Coast Architect, 11-26, 12/1928.
"Richfield Oil Building Neon Lighting", Southern California Business, inside back cover, 06/1930.
"Bank of Italy, Compton Branch plans", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 53, col 2, 10/07/1927.
"Close father and son working is secret of Stiles and Robert Clements success", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 22-24, 10/24/1958.
"Bank of Italy, Oceanside Branch, plans", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 51, col1, 10/07/1927.
Southwest Builder and Contractor, 34, col 2, 05/12/1933.
"Bank of Italy, Compton Branch", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 53, col 2, 10/07/1927.
"Richfield Building", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 25, 08/08/1930.
"Richfield Building", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 26, 01/24/1930.
"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.
Gebhard, David, The Richfield Building, 1928-1968, 1970.
Betsky, Aaron, Three California Houses: The Homes of Max Palevsky, 70, 2002.
"Richfield Building", Western Advertising, cover, 7/31/1930.
Williams, Diane, Wiltern: From Pastureland to Performing Arts Center, 1985.