Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)

Architects

Grey, Elmer

ID: 198
Full Name: Elmer Grey
Occupation: Architect
Gender: M
Nationality: US
Birth Date: 1872-04-29
Death Date: 1963-11-14
Family: Spouse: Married Milicent Grey; at his death, he was married to Anabel Grey;
Children: At his death, he shared his mansion at 1372 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA, with his step-daughter and her husband, Captain J.L. Cotton, U.S.N. (retired).
Relocation: Grey was born in Illinois, and lived for much of his life in Pasadena, CA. He moved his practice to Florida in 1941, but returned to California before his death in 1963. Grey died in Los Angeles County, CA, at the age of 92.
Biographical Information: Education: Grey attended secondary school in Milwaukee, WI. He did not matriculate at college, choosing, instead, to apprentice with an architectural firm.
Work History: Apprentice, Ferry and Clas, Architects, Milwaukee, WI, 1887-1899; Partner, Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey, Architects, Pasadena, CA; Principal, Elmer Grey, Architect, Pasadena, CA.
Miscellaneous: Grey was a notable painter, well-known for his landscape renderings as well as an illustrator. According to his Los Angeles Times obituary of 1963, Grey had watercolors on "permanent display" at the Chicago Art Institute.
Professional Awards: College:
Post College: Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1902. (See "Membership," Quarterly Bulletin of the American Institute of Architects, vol 3 no. 4, 01/1903, p. 183.) Grey was awarded Fellowship while he still worked in Milwaukee, WI.
Countries: United States
Structures: 1st Church of Christ, Scientist #1, Long Beach, CA - 1912 (6810)
1st Church of Christ, Scientist, Alvarado Terrace, Los Angeles, CA - 1912 (16548)
1st Church of Christ, Scientist, Palo Alto, CA - 1916 (6807)
2nd Church of Christ, Scientist, Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles, CA - 1908 (1896)
Alley, William H., House, Montecito, CA - 1905 (17267)
Barnes, Clifford Webster, House, Pasadena, CA - 1912 (6809)
Bel-Air Bay Club, Los Angeles, CA - 1927 (1819)
Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA - (1646)
Blacker, Robert Roe, House Project, Pasadena, CA - 1906 (17269)
Bowen House, Hancock Park, Los Angeles, CA - 1925 (2352)
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 Los Angeles, Public Library (LAPL), Connecticut Street and Oxford Street Branch, Los Angeles, CA - (689)
Cochran, Guy, House, Los Angeles, CA - 1906 (17266)
Colony Club, Santa Monica, CA - 1925 (8398)
Daniels, Edith A., House, Arcadia, CA - 1904 (5686)
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)
Goss, J.M., House and Studio, Pasadena, CA - (16720)
Grand Avenue House, Pasadena, CA - (14068)
Grey, Elmer, House, Oak Knoll, Pasadena, CA - (6808)
Hooker, J.D., House and Garden, Los Angeles, CA - (17280)
Hunt and Grey Architectural Offices, Pasadena, CA - (317)
Jenks, Livingston, House, Russian Hill, San Francisco, CA - 1905 (5688)
Jenks, Livingston, House, San Rafael, CA - 1904 (5687)
Leeds, Walter Ransome and Anna Fay, House, Berkeley Square, Los Angeles, CA - 1906-1907 (3223)
Lincoln Memorial Shrine, Redlands, CA - 1932 (16627)
Linnard, D.W., Offices, Pasadena, CA - 1905 (17281)
Macomber, Abraham Kingsley, House, Pasadena, CA - 1905 (17285)
Macy, Lloyd R., House, Pasadena, CA - 1905-1906 (17287)
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)
Murdock House, Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, CA - (14060)
Neustadt, Mrs. E.W., House, Altadena, CA - (14841)
Paine House, Pasadena, CA - 1910 (5934)
Pasadena Community Playhouse, Pasadena, CA - (3939)
Pierce Apartments, Los Angeles, CA - 1904 (17286)
Polytechnic Elementary School, Pasadena, CA - 1909 (10407)
Rew-Sharp House, Coronado, CA - 1918 (6816)
Russell, M.C., House, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA - (18634)
Sias, W., House, Oak Knoll, Pasadena - 1912-1913 (6811)
Speer, J.E., House, Pasadena, CA - 1904-1905 (14067)
Throop Polytechnic Institute, Campus Plan, Pasadena, CA - 1907-1908 (5648)
Throop Polytechnic Institute, Pasadena Hall, Pasadena, CA - 1908-1910 (11902)
Wild, Charles J., House, Pasadena, CA - (16719)
Xanadu Project, Los Angeles, CA - (3038)
Locations: Architect's Birth:
Chicago, IL
USA
Architect's Death:
Pasadena, CA
USA
Publications: "Residence of Charles J. Wild, Pasadena, CA", Architect and Engineer, 17, 10/1932.
"Studio of Mrs. J.M. Goss, Pasadena, California, Elmer Grey, Architect", Architect and Engineer, 18, 10/1932.
Grey, Elmer, "The Lincoln Shrine and Two Other Buildings", Architect and Engineer, 111: 1, 17-19, 10/1932.
"Bel-Air Club ", Architect and Engineer, 110, 11/1927.
Grey, Elmer, "The Lincoln Shrine and Two Other Buildings", Architect and Engineer, 111: 1, 11-20, 10/1932.
Grey, Elmer, "The Lincoln Shrine and Two Other Buildings", Architect and Engineer of California, 111: 1, 11, 10/1932.
"Throop Institute Buildings", Architect and Engineer of California, 62, 07/1908.
Grey, Elmer, "The Romance of the Pasadena Community Playhouse", Architect & Engineer, 61-65, 67-71, 6/1929.
Mulllgardt, Louis Christian, "Country House Architecture on the Pacific Coast", Architectural Record, XXXVIII: 4, 428, 1915-10.
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.
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, 281, 10/1906.
Cheney, Sheldon, "Book Plate and the Architect", Architectural Record, 32: 2, 141-151, 08/1912.
Davison, Robert L., "Procedure in Designing a Theatre", Architectural Record, 67: 5, 458-486, 5/1930.
Mulllgardt, Louis Christian, "Country House Architecture on the Pacific Coast", Architectural Record, XXXVIII: 4, 427, 1915-10.
Pawley, Frederick Arden, "The Pasadena Community Playhouse", Architecture for the New Theatre, 63-66, 1935.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, "Grey House, 1911", Architecture in Los Angeles A Compleat Guide, 361, 1985.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, "Murdock House, 1929", Architecture in Los Angeles A Compleat Guide, 83, 1985.
Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue: Architect and Master of Many Arts, 1925.
"Alberto del Hoyo, bringing the Beverly Hills Hotel into the new millenium", Beverly Hills, 6, 06/24/1998.
"Barnes, Clifford, House, Pasadena", Builder and Contractor, 6, col 4, 10/03/1912.
"Bel-Air Bay Club Notice", California Arts and Architecture, 43, 06/1931.
Ferrari, Janet, "Throop University", California Design 1910, 62, 1980.
Karson, Robin S., Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era, 386, 2007.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 190-191, 1994.
"Beverly Hills hotel chief convicted [of boot leg liquor at hotel]", Los Angeles Record, 3, 1/22/1925.
"Among the Architects", Los Angeles Times, 20, 04/26/1908.
"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.
"Elmer Grey, Architect, Dies", Los Angeles Times, 30, 11/15/1963.
"Montgomery, Chester, House", Los Angeles Times, Part V: 1, 11/29/1908.
"Leeds, Walter Ransome, House, Berkeley Square", Los Angeles Times, 1, 11/29/1908.
Lacher, Irene, "Always on stage", Los Angeles Times Life and Style Section, E1, 06/04/1995.
"Theatres of Los Angeles including Hollywood and more.", Marquee, 30: 1, 4-29, 1998.
Clark, Alson, "Myron Hunt in Southern California", Myron Hunt, 1868-1952: The Search for a Regional Architecture, 29, 1984.
Bradshaw, Jon, "Inside the special world of the pink palace on the hill", New West, 50-73, 5/10/1976.
"Boldt, Charles, House", Pacific Coast Architect, 10, 04/1925.
Dineen, J.K., "Palo Alto church to be born again as offices", San Francisco Business Times, 11/10/2008.
"Grey prepares plans for 2nd Church of Christ, Scientist", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 38, col 2, 08/24/1923.
"Plans for First Church of Christ Scientist, Palo Alto", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 13, col 1, 01/29/1916.
"Sias House plans, Pasadena", Southwest Contractor and Manufacturer, 15, col 1, 11/02/1912.
"First Christian Science Church, Long Beach", Southwest Contractor and Manufacturer, 15, col 1, 11/02/1912.
Regan, Michael, Stars, Moguls and Magnates, The Mansions of Beverly Hills, 1966.

Portrait of Elmer Grey, Architect; from Architectural Record, 02/1905, p. 153