Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)

Architects

Balch, Clifford

ID: 290
Full Name: Clifford A. Balch
Occupation: Architect
Gender: M
Nationality: US
Birth Date: 06/23/1880
Death Date: 12/14/1963
Family: Spouse: Balch married Pearl Payne Balch (born 05/11/1889 in IL-died 12/24/1942 in Los Angeles, CA) between 1910-1920. Her family had come from IL.
Parents: His father was William C. Balch (born 09/1855 in NH), who worked as a carpenter in Pasadena, CA, in 1900. William's family had its roots in VT. His mother was Anna S. Houck Balch (born 05/1859 in MN), a homemaker, whose parents came from PA and MD. William and Anna married c. 1880 and had six children by 1900, three of whom survived: Clifford, Choate N. (born 06/1889 in MN) and Robert (born 06/1894 in CA). Another son, William was born c. 1902 in Pasadena, CA. William Balch was not listed in the US Census of 1910, and Anna is listed as head of the household.
Children: Clifford and Pearl Balch had two daughters, Margaret (born c. 1907 in CA) and Maria (born c. 1910 in CA).
Relocation: Balch was born in MN, and lived there until c. 1889-1894, when his family relocated to CA. (It is possible that the family moved out of the Midwest at about the time of the Panic of 1893, when many communities lost jobs. Southern CA was one of the most rapidly expanding US regions at the time, providing plenty of work for a carpenter.) The Balchs resided on Colorado Street in Pasadena, CA, in 1900, and at 140 Broadway in Pasadena, in 1910. At age 29, Clifford continued to reside at home, working as a residential architect, and supporting his mother and three younger brothers. In 1930, he lived in an apartment house at 205 North Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, with his wife, Pearl. Pearl, Clifford and their two daughters lived in a rented house at 235 North Manhattan Place, Los Angeles, CA, in 1930; rent was $80 per month at the time. He died in Los Angeles County, CA, at the age of 83;
Biographical Information: Work History: Day Laborer, Pasadena, CA, c. 1900; Partner, Balch and Stanbery, Architects and Engineer, Los Angeles, CA;
Miscellaneous: SSN: 565-28-0882;
Countries: United States
Structures: Adams Theatre, San Diego, CA - 1935 (2413)
Alameda Theatre, East Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA - (3150)
Boulevard Theatre #2, East Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA - 1937 (3381)
Brawley Theatre, Brawley, CA - 1936-1937 (14785)
California Theatre, San Diego, CA - 1919 (1097)
El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, CA - 1928 (495)
Four Star Theatre, Los Angeles, CA - 1931-1932 (4891)
Fox West Coast Theatres Corporation, Fox California Theatre #2, Stockton, CA - 1929-1930 (17213)
Fox West Coast Theatres Corporation, Fox Riverside Theatre, Lido Theatre, Riverside, CA - 1929 (3593)
Fox West Coast Theatres Corporation, Fox Theatre Project, Huntington Park, CA - 1930 (4141)
Fox West Coast Theatres Corporation, Pomona Fox Theatre, Pomona, CA - 1931 (4386)
Fox West Coast Theatres Corporation, Visalia Fox Theatre, Visalia, CA - 1929-1930 (16839)
Fox West Coast Theatres Corporation, West Coast Riverside Theatre, Riverside, CA - 1928-1929 (3594)
Golden Gate Theatre, East Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA - 1927 (3380)
Imperial Theatre, Long Beach, CA - 1925 (4344)
Lido Theatre, Los Angeles, CA - 1936-1937 (3592)
Lido Theatre, Newport Beach, CA - 1939 (3583)
Newport Theatre, Newport Beach, CA - 1939 (3584)
Palomar Theatre, Oceanside, CA - 1936 (11821)
River Theatre, Oildale, Bakersfield, CA - (15775)
Rivoli Theatre, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, CA - (3205)
San Gabriel Theatre, San Gabriel, CA - 1941 (3245)
San Pedro Theatre Project, San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA - 1930 (6398)
Sardi's Restaurant #1, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA - 1932-1933 (9009)
State Theatre, Pomona, CA - 1939-1941 (3751)
Sunbeam Theatre, Highland Park, Los Angeles, CA - 1914 (8969)
United Artists Corporation, Theatre Project, Santa Ana, CA - 1930 (11780)
United Artists Pasadena Theatre, Old Town, Pasadena, CA - 1931-1932 (11824)
United Artists Theatre, 5112 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA - (18757)
United Artists Theatre, Berkeley, CA - 1931-1932 (18758)
United Artists Theatre, El Centro, CA - 1930-1931 (11823)
Publications: Breeze, Carla, American Art Deco Architecture and Regionalism, 224-225, 2003.
Naylor, David, American Picture Palaces, 218, 1981.
Naylor, David, American Picture Palaces The Architecture of Fantasy, 141, 219, 1981.
Naylor, David, American Picture Palaces The Architecture of Fantasy, 219, 1981.
Naylor, David, American Picture Palaces The Architecture of Fantasy, 219, 1981.
Livernois, Joe, Hetzel the Photographer : Impressions of Imperial Valley, 30, 1982.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 261, 1994.
"News of the Cafes New Restaurant Planned", Los Angeles Times, A5, 08/24/1932.
"Many Playhouses Built", Los Angeles Times, D1, 09/13/1931.
"News of the Cafes Restaurant Opens Soon", Los Angeles Times, A6, 12/28/1932.
"News of the Cafes Sardi's Minus Ballyhoo", Los Angeles Times, A5, 02/03/1933.
"Open House Set by Vine Street", Los Angeles Times, 14, 02/06/1933.
Lothrop, Gloria Ricci, Pomona: A Centennial History, 117, 1988.
"Balch plans Sunbeam remodeling", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 46, col 3, 07/28/1933.
"United Artists Theatre 06/19/1931, El Centro, CA", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 56, 06/19/1931.
"C.A. Balch prepares plans for new Lido Theatre", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 57, col 2-3, 10/17/1941.
"Plans for Lido Theatre, Newport Beach", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 52, col 1, 02/24/1939.
"Theatre designed by Balch & Stanbury [sic] for site in San Pedro", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 45, 03/21/1930.
"Lido Theatre, Newport Beach, CA", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 62, col 2, 05/05/1939.
"Balch remodels Sunbeam Theatre, Highland Park, Los Angeles", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 46, col 3, 07/28/1933.
"Fox Theatre Project, Huntington Park, CA", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 44, col 3, 03/21/1930.
"Plans for State Theater, Pomona", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 85, col 1, 03/01/1940.
"Lido Theatre plans", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 38, col 2, 08/28/1936.
"Balch repairs Imperial Theatre, Long Beach", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 56, col 2, 07/21/1933.
"United Artists Theatre 12/11/1931, El Centro, CA", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 49, col 1, 12/11/1931.
"United Artists Theatre 01/15/1932, El Centro, CA", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 60, col 2, 01/15/1932.
"United Artists Theatre 03/11/1932, El Centro, CA", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 41, col 3, 03/11/1932.
"United Artists Theatre 06/05/1931, El Centro, CA", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 53, col 1, 06/05/1931.
"Adams Theatre Alterations", Southwest Builder & Contractor, 27, col. 2, 10/11/1940.
"Rivoli theatre, Van Nuys remodeling", Southwest Builder & Contractor, 33, col 3, 5/30/1941.
"San Gabriel Theatre Notice", Southwest Builder & Contractor, 33, col 2, 1/31/1941.