Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)


Burns, Silas

ID: 188
Full Name: Silas Reese Burns
Occupation: Architect
Gender: M
Nationality: US
Birth Date: 04/08/1855
Death Date: 08/10/1940
Family: Spouse: Silas Reese Burns, son of Silas and Susan (Coombs) Burns, was born in Morganstown, VA (later to become West Virginia, 6/20/1863); he married Louise Devereaux in 1891; Burns made his home in Alhambra, CA, and had an office in the Homer Laughlin Building in downtown Los Angeles in 1913; (Laughlin, the ceramics king, was also from this part of the country, West Virginia and eastern Ohio);
Biographical Information: Work History: Education: went to a private secondary school in Virginia (what became West Virigina in 1863), public schools in Ohio and [West] Virginia; B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, c. 1875; "Burns died August 10, 1940, at his home in San Gabriel, California, aged eighty-five. Designed many public buildings; Who's Who in American Art, vol. IV, 1940-47; information from SAH Brief Biographies"; Partner, Peters and Burns, Dayton, OH, 1881-1907, specializing in institutional and educational buildings; Partner, Hunt, Burns and Eager, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, 1907-1910; Burns was granted a certificate to practice architecture in California, 11/1907; Partner, Hunt and Burns, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1910-1930; Member, Engineers and Architects Association of Southern California, Union League Club, San Gabriel Valley Country Club; National Citizens'League, in 1913; Burns may have come to Los Angeles in connection with his work building retirement facilities for veterans; (many Civil War veterans would have required assistance in the late 1880s and 1890s); he designed veterans'homes in Los Angeles, Marion IN, and Dayton, OH;
Professional Awards: Post College: Fellow, American Institute of Architects, 1882;
Countries: United States
Locations: Architect's Birth:
Morganstown, WV
Architect's Death:
San Gabriel, CA
Publications: "Auditorium, Balch Academic Hall, Scripps College, Claremont, Sumner Hunt and S.R. Burns, Architects", Architect and Engineer, 111: 1, 27-29, 10/1932.
"Silas Reese Burns joins firm of Hunt & Eager", Architect and Engineer of California, 84, 12/1907.
"Residence for W.G. Kerckhoff, Los Angeles", Architect and Engineer of California, 77, 07/1908.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, "Kerckhoff House, 1900", Architecture in Los Angeles A Compleat Guide, 256, 1985.
Withey, Henry F., Withey, Elsie Rathburn, Biographical Dictionary of American Architects (Deceased), 100-101, 1970.
Withey, Henry F., Withey, Elsie Rathburn, Biographical Dictionary of American Architects (Deceased), 311-312, 1970.
Winter, Robert W., "The Arroyo Culture", California Design 1910, 12, 1980.
"Wilshire Country Club leased Hancock land", Historical Observer, 1: 1-2,
"G. Allan Hancock's interest laid groundwork for Wilshire Country Club", Larchmont Chronicle, 06/1992.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 290, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 196, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, "Automobile Club of Southern California", Los Angeles: An Architectural Guide, 267, 1994.
"Architects Hunt and Burns prepare plans or E.S. Hall residence in the Ojai Valley", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2, col 1, 12/19/1911.
"Burns, Silas Reese, Obituary", Los Angeles Times, 8/11/1940.
"Colleges Plan New Buildings", Los Angeles Times, A16, 9/7/1928.
"Hope Ranch Country Club notice", Los Angeles Times, part V: 24, 11/15/1908.
"Among the Architects", Los Angeles Times, 20, 04/26/1908.
"Hotel Maryland #1 addition proposed", Los Angeles Times, V: 1, 2/13/1910.
"McKevett House plans", Los Angeles Weekly Journal, 2, col 1, 12/19/1911.
"Ebell Club, Pomona Notice", Southwest Builder & Contractor, 55, col. 1, 2/15/1924.
Bradshaw, Jon, "The Club Game", West, 13, 08/06/1972.
Who's Who in American Art, 1947, 4: 1947.
Who's Who in the Pacific Southwest, 1913, 69, 1913.