Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)

Architects

Lee, Simeon

ID: 464
Full Name: Simeon Charles Lee
Occupation: Architect
Gender: M
Nationality: US
Birth Date: 1899-09-05
Death Date: 1990-01-27
Family: Spouse: Lee married Miriam (Midge) Zelda Aisenstein (d. 1960) in Los Angeles, CA, in 1927. He married Hylda Moss, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1966;
Parents: Lee was born Simeon Charles Levi, son of Julius and Hattie Stiller Levi, German-Jewish immigrants.
Children: Lee's daughter, Constance, was born in 1928, Los Angeles, CA.
Relocation: Lee was born in Chicago, IL, and moved to Los Angeles, CA, in 1921, opening his own architectural practice there one year later.
Biographical Information: Education: Graduate with Honors, Technical College, Chicago, IL, 1918-1920; graduate, Armour Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, 1921;
Work History: Senior architect, South Park Board, City of Chicago, IL; Seaman, United States Navy, Great Lakes Training Station, 1918-1920; Draftsman, Rapp and Rapp, Architects, Chicago, IL, 1921; Principal, S. Charles Lee, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, 1922-1948; Partner, Lee and [Samuel] Hayden, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, 1948-;
Teaching:
Miscellaneous: Lee was known professionally as "S. Charles Lee." SSN: 554-14-6760; Treasurer, Board of Directors, Braille Institute, Los Angeles, CA; Lee obtained a license as a radio operator in 1915 and a pilot in 1935.
Professional Awards: Post College: Included in the "International Exhibit of Contemporary Architects," staged by Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), London, UK, 1934; Lee received the Presidential Medal, Order of Vasco Nuñez Balboa, Panama's highest order of merit in 1968. Lee was named the Panamanian Vice-Consul, Beverly Hills, CA, by President of Panama, 1963, and named Consul in Beverly Hills for Panama in 1974.
Archives: Lee's papers are housed in the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Library, Department of Special Collections, Young Research Library, Collection #1384. According to its UCLA finding aid, the collection contained "...drawings, renderings, blueprints, photographs, and surveys relating to Lee's professional career including his work as a developer and the most prolific architect of art deco movie palaces in Los Angeles." (See "Finding Aid for the S. Charles Lee Papers, 1919-1962," <http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/tf3000050c> Accessed 02/25/2011.)
Countries: United States
Structures: Academy Theatre, Inglewood, CA - 1939 (2404)
Alexander Theatre, Glendale, CA - 1925 (3202)
Bruin Theatre, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA - 1937 (1488)
Chino Theatre, Chino, CA - 1947 (12086)
City of Los Angeles, Department of Water and Power (LADWP), Building, Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles, CA - 1934-1935 (1063)
Factor, Max, Make-Up Salon, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA - 1935 (9305)
Florence Theatre, Florence, Los Angeles, CA - 1930-1932 (3353)
Fox Theatres Corporation, Fox Redondo Theatre, Redondo Beach, CA - 1928 (8961)
Fox Theatres Corporation, Fox Theatre, Bakersfield, CA - 1929-1930 (905)
Fox Theatres Corporation, Fox Theatre, Long Beach, CA - 1924-1925 (4343)
Fox West Coast Theatres Corporation, Fox Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix, AZ - 1930-1931 (18772)
Fox West Coast Theatres Corporation, Fox Wilshire Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA - 1929-1930 (3393)
Hollywood and Western Building, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA - 1927-1928 (16213)
Los Angeles Theatre #2, Los Angeles, CA - 1930-1931 (927)
Loyola Theatre, Inglewood, CA - (15131)
Mayer, Louis B., Building, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA - 1927-1928 (9304)
Mayfair Theatre, Ventura, CA - 1939-1940 (734)
Miami Theatre, Miami, FL - 1947 (735)
Nile Theater, Bakersfield, CA - 1906 (736)
Orange Theatre, Orange, CA - 1924 (2448)
Reseda Theatre, Reseda, Los Angeles, CA - 1947-1948 (733)
Temple Theatre, Temple City, CA - 1940 (1653)
Tower Bowl, San Diego, CA - 1940 (1960)
Tower Theatre, Klamath Falls, OR - 1939 (3187)
Tower Theatre, Los Angeles, CA - 1925-1927 (937)
Tower Theatre, Tower District, Fresno, CA - 1938-1939 (7473)
Tumbleweed Theatre, Five Points, CA - 1939 (3181)
Vern Theatre, Wyvernwood, Los Angeles, CA - 1939 (4501)
Vogue Theatre, Oxnard, CA - 1949-1950 (15509)
Westlake Theatre #2 MacArthur Park, Los Angeles, CA - 1925-1926 (16507)
Locations: Architect's Birth:
Chicago, IL
USA
Publications: Clepper, Irene, "Refurbishing 60-year-old theater is challenge for California crew. (Fox Theater, Bakersfield, California)", Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News, 1995-05-15.
Naylor, David, American Picture Palaces The Architecture of Fantasy, 201, 218, 1981.
Naylor, David, American Picture Palaces The Architecture of Fantasy, 203-204, 220, 1981.
Naylor, David, American Picture Palaces The Architecture of Fantasy, 203, 220, 1981.
Naylor, David, American Picture Palaces The Architecture of Fantasy, 219, 1981.
Naylor, David, American Picture Palaces The Architecture of Fantasy, 141, 143, 219, 1981.
Naylor, David, American Picture Palaces The Architecture of Fantasy, 219, 1981.
Naylor, David, American Picture Palaces The Architecture of Fantasy, 219, 1981.
Naylor, David, American Picture Palaces The Architecture of Fantasy, 219, 1981.
Naylor, David, American Picture Palaces The Architecture of Fantasy, 220, 1981.
Zauner, Phyllls, "Art Deco Look of the '20s Makes a Roaring Comeback", Fresno Bee, 1, 1987-05-27.
Keeler, Guy, "Architect's Pride is Still Quite Evident In Tower Restoration", Fresno Bee, 130: 23616, F6, 1987-10-09.
Keeler, Guy, ""Restoration at the Tower", Fresno Bee, 129: 23406, F9, 1987-03-13.
"Tower Theater Building is Sold in $200,000 Deal", Fresno Bee, 54: 9636, 1B, 1949-05-23.
Lee, S. Charles, "The Influence of West Coast Designers on the Modern Theater", Journal of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers, 50: 329-336, 350-359, 04/1948.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 299, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 317, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 145, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 236, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 107, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 82-83, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 235, 1994.
"15 million for new theater by (Fox) West Coast Theaters", Los Angeles Evening Express, 13, 12/02/1929.
"Bakersfield theater plan prepared", Los Angeles Times, 17, 12/08/1929.
"Bakersfield theater award (contract) given", Los Angeles Times, 3, 03/09/1930.
"Showhouse construction takes advantage of low costs", Los Angeles Times, part V: 1, 5/4/1930.
"Theatres of Los Angeles including Hollywood and more.", Marquee, 30: 1, 4-29, 1998.
"Academy Theatre, Inglewood, CA", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 58, col. 1, 07/21/1939.
"Academy Theatre, Inglewood, CA, plans", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 46, col. 3, 06/09/1939.
"Florence Theatre preliminary plans", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 50, col 2, 04/25/1930.
"Vern Theatre, Wyvernwood, Los Angeles", Southwest Builder & Contractor, 36, col 1, 12/15/1939.
"Academy Theatre, Inglewood, CA", Southwest Builder & Contractor, 65, col 2, 08/04/1939.
"Orange Theatre Notice", Southwest Builder & Contractor, 57, 5/9/1924.
"Temple City theater plans", Southwest Contractor and Manufacturer, 43, col .3, 4/12/1940.
Shepherd, Roger, Structures of Our Time, 35, 2002.
Websites: 1940 movie marquee a step closer to a new home at Seabee Museum (6487) Academy Theatre, Inglewood (568) A Landmark Decision by L.A. Council : Hollywood Building Witness to Changes (3973) Alex Theatre (587) Broadway Historic Theaters (266) Chino Theater (3553) Early Los Angeles Historical Buildings (1925 +) (5945) Exterior view of Fox's West Coast Theatre in Long Beach, ca.1926 (1541) Finding Aid for the S. Charles Lee Papers, 1919-1962 (3971) Fox Phoenix Theatre (5914) Fox West Coast Theatre (786) Fox West Coast Theatre, Long Beach (1550) Fox West Coast Theatre, Long Beach (1549) Fox West Coast Theatre, Long Beach (1548) Fox West Coast Theatre, Long Beach (1547) Fox West Coast Theatre, Long Beach (1545) Fox West Coast Theatre, Long Beach (1544) Fox West Coast Theatre, Long Beach (1546) Fox West Coast Theatre, Long Beach (1543) Fox West Coast Theatre, Long Beach (1542) Historical Background (1896) Interior view of Fox-West Coast Theatre, Long Beach, ca.1920 (1540) Mayfair Theatre (6486) National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Tower Theatre, Fresno, CA (6485) Nile Theatre (796) Orange Theatre (462) S. Charles Lee Architect (1555) S. Charles Lee Architect (1553) S. Charles Lee Architect (1551) S. Charles Lee Architect (1556) S. Charles Lee Architect (1554) S. Charles Lee Architect (1557) S. Charles Lee Architect (1552) Tower Theatre (365) Tower Theatre, Fresno (1226) Tower Theatre Klamath Falls, OR (2701) Tumbleweed Theatre (574) Vogue Theatre (3551) Wilshire Theatre (628)