Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)


Hunt, Myron

ID: 197
Full Name: Myron H.M. Hunt
Occupation: Architect
Gender: M
Nationality: US
Birth Date: 02/27/1868
Death Date: 05/26/1952
Family: Spouse: He married Harriette H. Boardman (born 05/1868 in PA) in 05/1893; Harriette Boardman Hunt contracted tuberculosis in MA, and the family moved to Pasadena, CA, for her recovery; many well-to-do Midwesterners had already either moved permanently or had established summer houses there; from these transplants, Hunt would receive numerous commissions. Harriette Boardman's father came from PA, her mother from NJ.
Parents: Myron A. Hunt (born c. 1838 in MA), the architect's father, was a nurseryman, active in professional circles; the 1880 U.S. Census indicated his occupation as a florist. His mother's maiden name was Julia Miller (born c. 1848 in either MA or VT); the 1880 U.S. Census indicated that Vermont was her birthplace; the 1900 and 1910 U.S. Censuses indicated that Julia Miller had been born in MA. Myron H.M. Hunt was the second of six children: Henrietta B. (born c. 1862 in MA), Mary B. (born c. 1873 in IL), Charles A. (born c. 1875 in IL), George E. (born c. 1876 in IL) and Fanny M. (Born c. 1879 in IL). Myron A. and Julia's household also included a boarder/servant in 1880, Peter Larsen, (born c. 1854 in Sweden).
Children: Hunt and Harriette Boardman had five children; they were Charles (born 12/1895 in IL), Harriette (born 10/1899 in IL), Hubbard (born 02/1900 in IL) and Robert (born c. 1906 in CA). One had died before 1900.
Relocation: Hunt was born in Massachusetts, but moved to the Chicago, IL, area as a child. Hunt attended Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. He worked for the Boston-based firm, Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge, in their Chicago office between 1896-1897 and on his own in Chicago between 1897-1903. In 1900, Hunt's family lived in the 1st Ward of Evanston, IL. He moved to Pasadena, CA, in 1903. The Hunts lived in the affluent and artistic 2nd Ward of Pasadena in 1910; neighbors included the Proctor and Gamble heir, David Berry and Mary Huggins Gamble, the painters, Alice E. and Frieda Ludovici and the architect, Charles Sumner Greene; their household included both a servant, Wilhelmine Grossgarten (born c. 1866 in Germany) and a cook, Pattie Noble (born c. 1887 in TX). He worked either in Pasadena or Los Angeles for the remainder of his life, passing away in Los Angeles County, CA, at the age of 84. His last residence was in the city of Port Hueneme, Ventura County, CA.
Biographical Information: Education: Attended Lake View High school, Lakeview, Chicago, IL; coursework, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1888-1890; B.S., Arch., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 1890-1893;
Work History: Draftsman, Hartwell and Richardson, Architects, Boston, MA, 1892-1893; travel in England, Scotland, 06-10/1893; travel in Italy, where Hunt studied buildings of the early Renaissance, 11/1893-c. 01/1895; Draftsman, Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge, Architects, Chicago, IL, 1896-1897 (Shepley had offices in Boston and Palo Alto, CA, contemporaneously); Principal, Myron Hunt, Architect, Chicago, IL, 1897-1903; in Chicago, Hunt shared office space with several other architects, including Dwight Perkins, Robert Spencer, and Frank Lloyd Wright; this was before Wright opened his famous studio in Oak Park, IL;
Miscellaneous: In 1910, the Hunts lived in a single-family house, and paid a mortgage.
Professional Awards: College:
Post College: Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA); Arthur Noble Medal, City of Pasadena, for Outstanding Civic Service, 1928.
Archives: Some archival documents on Myron Hunt and the work of Hunt and Chambers are housed at the Architecture and Design Collection of the University Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB);
Countries: United States
Structures: Alley, William H., House, Montecito, CA - 1905 (17267)
Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, CA - 1919-1921 (3810)
Baker Shoe Store, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA - (1051)
Blacker, Robert Roe, House Project, Pasadena, CA - 1906 (17269)
Carnegie Institution, Mount Wilson Observatory, Astronomers' Dormitory, Mount Wilson, CA - 1904 (5649)
Carnegie Institution, Mount Wilson Observatory, Mount Wilson, CA - 1904-1913 (3667)
City of Pasadena, Department of Public Works, Brookside Park, Baseball Field, Pasadena, CA - 1931-1932 (16843)
City of Pasadena, Department of Public Works, Parker-Mayberry Bridge, Pasadena, CA - 1916 (18056)
Cochran, Guy, House, Los Angeles, CA - 1906 (17266)
County National Bank Building, Santa Barbara, CA - 1924-1927 (5222)
County of Los Angeles, General Hospital, Los Angeles, CA - (1056)
Daniels, Edith A., House, Arcadia, CA - 1904 (5686)
Flintridge Biltmore Hotel, Pasadena, CA - 1927 (5541)
Foote, Thomas H., House, Pasadena, CA - 1904-1905 (17208)
George Junior Republic Chapel, Chino - 1920 (3812)
Gillespie, James Waldron, House, Montecito, CA - 1902 (3034)
Gillis, Robert C., House, Santa Monica, CA - 1906 (17268)
Givens, M.L., House, Pasadena, CA - 1905 (17277)
Good Housekeeping House - (1048)
Grand Avenue House, Pasadena, CA - (14068)
Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA - 1926-1929 (2558)
Hooker, J.D., House and Garden, Los Angeles, CA - (17280)
Hotel Maryland #1, Pasadena, CA - 1903-1904 (5231)
Hotel Maryland #1, Pergola and Gardens, Pasadena, CA - 1903 (5641)
Hotel Maryland #2, Pasadena, CA - (5232)
Hunt and Grey Architectural Offices, Pasadena, CA - (317)
Huntington, Henry E., House, San Marino, CA - 1907-1910 (3226)
Huntington, Henry E., Library, San Marino, CA - 1919 (5224)
Hunt, Myron and Harriette, House, Evanston, IL - 1896 (5640)
Hunt, Myron, House, Pasadena, CA - 1905 (3806)
Jenks, Livingston, House, Russian Hill, San Francisco, CA - 1905 (5688)
Jenks, Livingston, House, San Rafael, CA - 1904 (5687)
Kellogg, W.K., Ranch House, Pomona, CA - 1928 (3836)
Knight House, Montecito, CA - 1924 (6822)
La Vina Sanatorium, Altadena, CA - (4854)
Leeds, Walter Ransome and Anna Fay, House, Berkeley Square, Los Angeles, CA - 1906-1907 (3223)
Linnard, D.W., Offices, Pasadena, CA - 1905 (17281)
Lockwood, Dr. C.D., House, Pasadena, CA - 1903 (5644)
Macomber, Abraham Kingsley, House, Pasadena, CA - 1905 (17285)
Macy, Lloyd R., House, Pasadena, CA - 1905-1906 (17287)
Magnin, I., Department Store, Beverly Hills, CA - 1939 (3917)
Magnin, I., Department Store, Los Angeles, CA - 1939 (5537)
Main Street Apartment House, Los Angeles, CA - 1903 (5643)
Marshall, John Murray, House, Pasadena, CA - 1905-1906 (17288)
McBride Sanitarium, Lamanda Park, Pasadena, CA - 1905-1906 (17289)
McKee, H.S., House, Monrovia, CA - 1904 (13487)
Mitchell, John J., House, Pasadena, CA - 1905-1906 (17290)
Montecito Hot Springs Hotel, Montecito, CA - 1905-1906 (17291)
Montgomery, Chester, House, Berkeley Square, Los Angeles, CA - (3225)
Neustadt, Effie, House, Los Angeles, CA - 1903 (5645)
Occidental College, Johnson, O.T., Hall, Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, CA - 1913-1914 (6661)
Occidental College, Master Plan, 1911, Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, CA - 1911 (8422)
Olmsted, Frederick Law, Jr., House, Palos Verdes Estates, CA - 1927 (8358)
Paine House, Pasadena, CA - 1910 (5934)
Palos Verdes Public Library, Malaga Cove Branch, Palos Verdes Estates, CA - 1926-1930 (5531)
Pasadena Public Library, Central Branch #3, Pasadena, CA - (5536)
Pierce Apartments, Los Angeles, CA - 1904 (17286)
Point Loma Hotel Project, San Diego, CA - 1924 (6743)
Polytechnic Elementary School, Pasadena, CA - 1909 (10407)
Pomona College, Bridges Auditorium, Claremont, CA - (2188)
Pomona College, Bridges, Mabel Shaw, Hall of Music, Claremont, CA - (2190)
Potter Hotel, Montecito, CA - 1902 (3802)
Red Hill Country Club, Rancho Cucamonga, CA - 1922 (7241)
Redlands Community Hospital, Redlands, CA - 1927 (8372)
Robbins, E.F., House, Oak Knoll, Pasadena, CA - (18633)
San Marcos Hotel, Chandler, AZ - 1912-1913 (4930)
Santa Barbara County National Bank, Santa Barbara, CA - (5535)
Speer, J.E., House, Pasadena, CA - 1904-1905 (14067)
Stewart, Mrs. Mary, House, Montecito, CA - 1918 (8345)
Storrow Bungalows, Pasadena, CA - 1903 (5647)
Throop Polytechnic Institute, Campus Plan, Pasadena, CA - 1907-1908 (5648)
Throop Polytechnic Institute, Pasadena Hall, Pasadena, CA - 1908-1910 (11902)
University of California, Berkeley, Hearst, Phoebe Apperson, Campus Plan Competition, Hunt Entry Project, Berkeley, CA - 1899 (5642)
Weith, W.S., House, Beverly Hills, CA - 1927 (3837)
Wentworth Hotel, Pasadena, CA - 1905-1907 (123)
Wilson, Frank, House, Los Angeles, CA - (13493)
Wyles, William, Apartment House, Los Angeles, CA - 1903 (19277)
Locations: Architect's Death:
Port Hueneme, CA
Architect's Birth:
Sunderland, MA
Publications: "Vermont Marble Ad The Modernistic Movement Plate 4", American Architect, 139: 2591, 131, 01/1931.
"Good Housekeeping Magazine Ad Good Architecture Begins at Home", American Architect, 139: 2591, 112, 1/1931.
Wheeler, Joseph L., Githens, Alfred Morton, American Public Library Building, 69, 1941.
Wheeler, Joseph L., Githens, Alfred Morton, American Public Library Building, 82, 1941.
"Mr. Myron Hunt busy", Architect and Engineer, 113, 02/1919.
"Fireproof Residence", Architect and Engineer, 108, 07/1918.
"Throop Institute Buildings", Architect and Engineer of California, 62, 07/1908.
"Huntington, Henry, Mansion", Architect and Engineer of California, 87, 09/1908.
"Obituary Myron Hunt", Architect & Engineer, 35, 8/1952.
"Weith House, Beverly Hills article", Architect & Engineer, 85, 87, 5/1927.
"Kellogg, W.K., Ranch House, Pomona", Architectural Digest, 7: 1, 4-15, 1928.
Howard, John Galen, "The College Administration Building", Architectural Forum, XLIV: 6, 408, 06/1926.
"Bridges Hall of Music, Pomona College, Claremont, Calif.", Architectural Forum, XLIV: 6, 385-386, 06/1926.
Henry, Ralph C. , "The Design of Memorial Buildings", Architectural Forum, XLIV: 6, 354, 06/1926.
Croly, Herbert, "Some Houses by Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey", Architectural Record, 20: 4, 281, 10/1906.
Snoonian, Deborah, "Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, California", Architectural Record, 152-155, 1/2005.
Croly, Herbert, "Some Houses by Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey", Architectural Record, 20: 4, 289, 10/1906.
Croly, Herbert, "Some Houses by Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey", Architectural Record, 20: 4, 288, 10/1906.
Croly, Herbert, "Some Houses by Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey", Architectural Record, 20: 4, 281-295, 10/1906.
"Country House Architecture on the Pacific Coast", Architectural Record, XXXVIII: 4, 432-433, 1915-10.
"Flintridge Hotel 1928", Arrowhead, 18, 9/1928.
"Flintridge Biltmore Hotel 1929", California Arts and Architecture, 36, 8/1929.
Ferrari, Janet, "Throop University", California Design 1910, 62, 1980.
Colorado Street Bridge HAER No. CA-58 JM Spanning the Arroyo Seco at Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena Los Angeles County. California, 16-17, 1988-12.
"Demolition of Hollywood Bowl strikes sour note with some", Engineering News-Record, 19, 9/11/2000.
Barker Brothers, Furnishing for Public Service, 50-51, c1929.
Karson, Robin S., Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era, 386, 2007.
Barrett, Harry, "Hollywood Bowl dedicated to beauty and people", Grizzly Bear, 76, 9/1925.
Palmer, Edwin Obadiah, History of Hollywood, 1: 210-213, 259, 1938.
Martin, Helen Eastman, History of the Los Angeles County Hospital, 1878-1968, 1979.
Northcutt, John Orlando, Hollywood Bowl Story, 1962.
Torrence, Bruce T., Hollywood: the First 100 Years, 114-115, 117, 126-127, 202, 1979.
"La Vina Sanatorium, Altadena, Calif.", Journal of the American Institiute of Architects, VIII: 4, 163, 10/1947.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 298, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 391, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 128, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 54, 1994.
Bernstein, Ken, Sandmeier, Trudi, "Hollywood Bowl shell - a post-mortem", Los Angeles Conservancy News, 3, 11-12/2000.
Looseleaf, Victoria, "Not just another song and dance", Los Angeles Downtown News, 17, 6/19/2000.
Komaiko, Leslee, "Bowl-O-Rama", Los Angeles Downtown News, 8, 7/13/1998.
"Hollywood Bowl the perfect setting for Centennial pageant", Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, 07/24/1950.
Goldin, Greg, "Epitaph: the Hollywood Bowl shell, 1929-2003", Los Angeles Magazine, 38, 8/2003.
"200 North Grand Avenue House, Pasadena, article", Los Angeles Times, 1, 08/06/1905.
"By Builders and Architects Building Notes", Los Angeles Times, D2, 07/03/1904.
"By Builders and Architects Building Notes", Los Angeles Times, D2, 07/03/1904.
"Among the Architects", Los Angeles Times, 20, 04/26/1908.
Zamichow, Nora, "Hollywood Bowl may shed famous shell", Los Angeles Times, A1, A19, 8/26/2000.
"Huntington will be Sheraton no longer", Los Angeles Times, 1, 11/12/1987.
Rasmussen, Cecilia, "WPA projects", Los Angeles Times, B3, 11/22/1993.
Swed, Mark, "A sonic work in progress", Los Angeles Times, E1, E22, 7/24/2004.
Ouroussoff, Nicolai, Swed, Mark, "The once and future Hollywood Bowl", Los Angeles Times, F1, F14, 9/9/2000.
Roug, Louise, "A Bowl full of changes", Los Angeles Times, E36, 7/31/2003.
DiMassa, Cara Mia, "Homes for the taking, no kidding", Los Angeles Times, A1, A32, 05/06/2004.
Lin, Sara, Smith, Doug, "New shell takes a bow at the Bowl", Los Angeles Times, A1, A25, 6/10/2004.
"Montgomery, Chester, House", Los Angeles Times, Part V: 1, 11/29/1908.
Haithman, Diane, "Lawsuit may force delay of Hollywood Bowl project", Los Angeles Times, B3, 6/7/2001.
"Hostelry leased at Flintridge", Los Angeles Times, I: 6, 6/9/1928.
"Leeds, Walter Ransome, House, Berkeley Square", Los Angeles Times, 1, 11/29/1908.
Haithman, Diane, "Thinking outside the Bowl", Los Angeles Times, 6 +, 7/1/2001.
Myrick, David F., Montecito and Santa Barbara, 1: 199, 1989.
Baxter Art Gallery, Myron Hunt, 1868-1952 The Search for a Regional Architecture, 110, 1984.
Clark, Alson, "Myron Hunt in Southern California", Myron Hunt, 1868-1952: The Search for a Regional Architecture, 29, 1984.
Russell, Ron, "Shell game", New Times Los Angeles, 14+, 02/01/2001.
Hunt, Myron, "Palos Verdes--Where bad architecture is eliminated", Pacific Coast Architect, 9-20, 04/1927.
"Plans for the Frederick Law Olmsted residence, Palos Verdes", Pacific Coast Architect, 9, 17, 04/1927.
"Hollywood Bowl reforestation program", Pacific Coast Musician, 8, 5/2/1925.
"Changes at Maryland started", Pasadena Star-News, 1, 6/29/1923.
"Ten year lease of hotels taken by D.M. Linnard", Pasadena Star-News, 13, 5/1/1923.
Gally, Sid, "Resurrection of a hotel gem", Pasadena Star-News, 11/7/2005.
Westenberg, Kerri, "A bigger Bowl?", Preservation, 20-21, 1-2/2001.
Swope, Christopher, "Family Values, Posterity's Loss", Preservation,
"Flintridge Hotel notice 1927", Saturday Night, Front cover, 2, 12/31/1927.
"Architect Myron Hunt prepares plans for erection of four bungalows", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 12, col 2, 05/21/1920.
"Ambassador Hotel Bungalow plans being completed", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 15, 05/07/1920.
"Firm of Hunt and Chambers win AIA award for design of Flintridge Biltmore Hotel", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 32, 3/21/1930.
"New Offices, Myron Hunt", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 12, 11/07/1919.
"New Offices of Myron Hunt", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 11, 10/24/1919.
"Ambassador Hotel Bungalow plans", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 15, col 1, 02/27/1920.
"Plans for a country club at Ontario by Myron Hunt, architect, of Los Angeles", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 39, col 1, 08/04/1922.
"Plans for Point Loma Hotel", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 44, col 2, 01/04/1924.
"Firm of Hunt and Chambers win AIA award for design of Pasadena Public Library", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 30, 32, 3/21/1930.
"Additions to the San Marcos Hotel, Chandler, AZ", Southwest Builder & Contractor, 49, col 1, 1/25/1924.
"Ambassador Hotel additions 2/27/1920, Los Angeles", Southwest Builder & Contractor, 15, col 1, 2/27/1920.
"County National Bank Building, Santa Barbara", Southwest Builder & Contractor, 46, 3/28/1924.
"Belvedere Hotel additions 04/09/1920", Southwest Builder & Contractor, 18, col 3, 04/09/1920.
"Belvedere Hotel additions 04/23/1920", Southwest Builder & Contractor, 15, col 1, 04/23/1920.
Souvenir Program Grand Dedicatory Benefit Opening of the New Hollywood Bowl, 06/22/1926.
Kim, Queena sook, "Fate of Faded Ambassador Hotel Divides Korean Groups", Wall Street Journal, B1, B8, 01/08/2003.
"Residence of Mrs. McKee, Pasadena, California", Western Architect, 10: 7, unnumbered plate, 07/1907.
"Residence of Mr. Frank Wilson, Los Angeles, California", Western Architect, unnumbered plate, 07/1907.