Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)


Kysor, Ezra

ID: 201
Full Name: Ezra Frank Kysor
Occupation: Architect
Gender: M
Nationality: US
Birth Date: 06/08/1835
Death Date: 07/04/1907
Family: Spouse: Married;
Children: His son was Charles H. Kyson, another Los Angeles architect, who changed his last name to "Kyson" during WW I; Kysor sounded too much like "Kaiser," a reference to Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941), last German Emperor, who was vilified in the United States. Americans of German descent underwent significant discrimination during the period 1915-1925, with many instances of German book burning and the curtailment of German language instruction. In two executive orders of 1917, President Woodrow Wilson decreed that about 250,000 German-Americans (above the age 14) had to register as aliens during the war at their local post offices; these rules also mandated that all affected had to carry registration cards and that identification had to be produced when demanded by law enforcement. In total, over 6,000 were arrested, questioned and, in some cases, jailed, until about 1920.
Biographical Information: Work History: Kysor left New York State just after age 30, and traveled to Virginia City, NV, where he set up an architectural office; he came to Los Angeles, CA, in 1868, setting up a practice in the Temple Block, one of the main office buildings in the city at the time; he established a partnership with E.J. Weston before 1876; in 1876, he selected his chief draftsman, Octavius Morgan, Sr., as a partner in a new office, Kysor and Morgan; this partnership lasted until 1886; Kysor and Morgan designed the Pico House Hotel, in 1880, the prime luxury hotel in the city; in 01/1887, Kysor and Morgan took on John A. Walls as a partner; this partnership lasted until late 1890. "Kysor, Morgan and Walls" would be succeeded by "Morgan and Walls."
Countries: United States
Locations: Architect's Birth:
Cattargus, NY
Architect's Death:
Los Angeles, CA