Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)

Architects

Smith, Lewis

ID: 863
Full Name: Lewis Arthur Smith
Occupation: Architect
Gender: M
Nationality: US
Birth Date: 1869-02-26
Death Date: 1958-03-13
Family: Spouse: According to the U.S. Census of 1920, L.A. Smith (born c. 1869 in OH) had married F.W. Smith, who was ten years his junior. She was born c. 1879 in NY; her parents were both from NY. He was 45 when they married, suggesting that he married her in 1914. She had died on or before 1930, as "Louis Smith" was listed as being a widower in the U.S. Census of that year.
Parents: Smith's parents were both German. His sister, Amelia, was born c. 1866.
Relocation: Smith was born c. 1868 in OH; according to the U.S. Census of 1910, Smith lodged at 228 1/2 Broadway; he was not married at the time, and roomed with two other men, both jewelers. He lived with his wife at 2040 West 31st Street, Los Angeles, CA, in 1920. Smith was widowed by 1930; he lived with his sister, Amelia, at 1001 1/2 North Normandie, Los Angeles, CA, in a $50-per-month rented residence. L.A. Smith died after 1930.
Biographical Information: Work History: Smith worked on a number of Los Angeles-area theatre buildings with Lilly and Fletcher Company as building contractors; Smith also had an office in the Lilly and Fletcher Building in Los Angeles in 1924; he worked extensively for the Bard's and Fox West Coast chains in the 1920s, and designed approximately 40 theatres in total; Partner, Smith and [William] Pennell, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1920.
Miscellaneous: An erroneous death date for L.A. Smith, 1926, was made in PCAD, but corrected 05/07/2010. The architect was known professionally as "L.A. Smith." Birth and death information on Smith was provided by John Ripley, email to the author, 07/28/2013.
Countries: United States
Structures: Bard's 8th Street Theatre, Los Angeles, CA - 1925 (2523)
Bard's Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA - 1923 (3398)
Bard's West Adams Theatre, Los Angeles, CA - 1924-1925 (2415)
Belden, Harry M., Store Building, Los Angeles, CA - 1920 (13686)
Beverly Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA - 1924-1925 (2409)
Carmel Theatre, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA - 1924 (14369)
Casino Theatre, Los Angeles, CA - 1921 (3174)
Circle Theatre, Los Angeles, CA - 1921 (3193)
D'Arche, Jessie, Apartments, 1155 West 27th Street Building, North University Park, Los Angeles, CA - 1920 (15952)
D'Arche, Jessie, Apartments, 1157 West 27th Street Building, North University Park, Los Angeles, CA - 1920 (15951)
El Portal Theatre, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA - 1925-1926 (15957)
Fox Theatres Corporation, Fox Uptown Theatre, Los Angeles, CA - 1924-1925 (11771)
Fox West Coast Theatres Corporation, West Coast Riverside Theatre, Riverside, CA - 1928-1929 (3594)
Highland Theatre, Highland Park, Los Angeles, CA - 1925 (3405)
Lilly-Fletcher Building, Los Angeles, CA - 1921 (3235)
Manchester Theatre, Los Angeles, CA - 1924-1925 (2412)
Paige Agency Auto Dealership, Los Angeles, CA - 1924 (2410)
Rialto Theatre, South Pasadena, CA - 1924-1925 (5733)
Rivoli Theatre, Los Angeles, CA - 1921-1922 (3195)
Tivoli Theatre #4, Los Angeles, CA - 1921 (3203)
Tivoli Theatre, Sawtelle, Los Angeles, CA - (1538)
Tower Theatre, Los Angeles, CA - 1925-1927 (937)
West Adams Gardens, Los Angeles, CA - (5735)
West Coast Theatres Corporation, West Coast Redlands Theatre, Redlands, CA - 1927-1928 (8970)
West Coast Theatres Corporation, West Coast Theatre, San Bernardino, CA - 1924-1925 (2411)
Wilshire Theatre, Los Angeles, CA - 1921 (3207)
Locations: Architect's Death:
Los Angeles, CA
USA
Publications: Naylor, David, American Picture Palaces The Architecture of Fantasy, 190-191, 212-213, 217, 1981.
Naylor, David, American Picture Palaces The Architecture of Fantasy, 219, 1981.
"Manchester Theatre - Century Theatre price policies", Daily Variety, 13, col. 4, 10/19/1943.
"Theater for West Adams", Los Angeles Examiner, part IV: 7, 2/15/1925.
"By-bye porn house; Los Feliz area theater switches to revival policy", Los Angeles Herald Examiner, B: 1-2, 8/2/1980.
"Film archivist fights to preserve Vista ", Los Angeles Reader, pt I: 3, 6/21/1985.
"West Coast to spend big sum in showhouses", Los Angeles Times, 1, 02/22/1925.
"To build new film theatre", Los Angeles Times, 5, 06/19/1921.
"Crown city showhouse is planned", Los Angeles Times, part V: 12, 3/16/1924.
"New theatre underway", Los Angeles Times, part V: 2, 2/1/1925.
"Bush Terminal Plans to Be Revised", Los Angeles Times, D2, 01/05/1930.
"Another link in chain of local Bard theaters", Los Angeles Times, part V: 10, 5/23/1924.
"Theatres of Los Angeles including Hollywood and more.", Marquee, 30: 1, 4-29, 1998.
"Beverly Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, article 2", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 55, col 2, 05/16/1924.
"Beverly Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, article", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 54, col. 1, 02/29/1924.
"Plans for West Coast Theatre, San Bernardino", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 52, col. 1, 09/12/1924.
"Tivoli Theatre Notice", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 14, col. 3, 08/26/1921.
"Brick building for Harry M. Belden", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 13, col 2, 07/30/1920.
"Manchester Theatre Plans, Los Angeles", Southwest Builder & Contractor, 51, col. 2, 9/26/1924.
"Bard's Theatre, Pasadena Description", Southwest Builder & Contractor, 54, col. 3, 2/29/1924.
"Bard's Pasadena Theatre article", Southwest Builder & Contractor, 57, col .3, 11/21/1924.
"Wilshire Theatre Article", Southwest Builder & Contractor, 11, col 3, 3/4/1921.
"Wilshire Theatre Article #2", Southwest Builder & Contractor, 16, col 3, 4/22/1921.
"Lilly - Fletcher Building, Los Angeles", Southwest Builder & Contractor, 13, col 2, 4/1/1921.
"Bard's West Adams Theatre Gable and Wyant", Southwest Builder & Contractor, 47, col. 3, 3/14/1924.
"Highland Theatre Notice", Southwest Builder & Contractor, 52, col 1, 3/7/1924.
"Smith, L.A., moves office", Southwest Builder & Contractor, 46, col 2, 11/13/1925.
"Casino Theatre Notice", Southwest Builder & Contractor, 20, col 3, 6/17/1921.
"Tivoli Theatre #4 notice", Southwest Builder & Contractor, 14, col 3, 8/26/1921.
"Bard's West Adams Theatre construction", Southwest Builder & Contractor, 55, col. 1, 1/30/1925.
"Rivoli Theatre, Los Angeles, notice #2", Southwest Builder & Contractor, 30, col 3,
"Highland Theatre Notice #2", Southwest Builder & Contractor, 56, col 1, 7/11/1924.
"Plans for the Manchester Theater, Los Angeles", Southwest Builder & Contractor, 54, col. 2, 12/19/1924.
"Rivoli Theatre, Los Angeles, notice", 16, col 3, 6/24/1921.