Gordon Kaufmann

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Gordon Bernie Kaufmann
Gordon Kaufmann.jpg
Born19 March 1888
Forest Hill, London, United Kingdom
DiedMarch 1, 1949(1949-03-01) (aged 60)
NationalityUnited States
Alma materLondon Polytechnic Institute
Known forWork on the Hoover Dam
Spouse(s)Eva A. Kaufmann (two sons)
Elsie S. Bryant[1]
Kaufmann's Los Angeles Times building

Gordon Bernie Kaufmann (19 March 1888 – 1 March 1949)[2] was an English-born American architect mostly known for his work on the Hoover Dam.

Early life[edit]

On 19 March 1888, Kaufmann was born in Forest Hill, London, England.[3]


Kaufmann attended Whitgift School in South Croydon and went on to graduate from London Polytechnic Institute, circa 1908. Kaufmann then moved to Vancouver, BC, where he spent the next six years.


During Kaufmann's early career, he did much work in the Mediterranean Revival Style, which had become popular at that time, he was also the initial architect for Scripps College, a liberal arts women's college in Claremont, California. It is a member of the Claremont Colleges.

Kaufmann, along with landscape architect Edward Huntsman-Trout, designed the general campus plan featuring four residence halls to be built the first four consecutive years of the College (1927–1930); the project's design is primarily in the Mediterranean Revival style.[4]

While gaining recognition for Kaufmann's work on the Scripps campus, he was also hired by California Institute of Technology in 1928 to design the complex of dormitories now known as the South Houses, and the building for the Athenaeum, a private club located on the school's campus.[5]

Later in his career, Kaufmann worked primarily in the Art Deco style, with a personal emphasis on massively thick, streamlined concrete walls which gave his buildings a very distinctive appearance. Kaufmann's buildings as a result took on a very "mechanical" appearance, often resembling huge versions of old-fashioned appliances; the Los Angeles Times' headquarters is a perfect example of this.


This is a selected list of Kaufmann's projects.

Personal life[edit]

In 1914, Kaufmann moved to California and settled in Fresno, California. Kaufmann's wife was Elsie Bryant Kaufmann. On March 1, 1949, Kaufmann died in Los Angeles California. Kaufmann is buried in Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, California.[9]


  1. ^ "Gordon Bernie Kaufmann (Architect)". pcad.lib.washington.edu. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  2. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database. Accessed 10 June 2014 (bad link)
  3. ^ "Gordon Bernie Kaufmann (Architect)". pcad.lib.washington.edu. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  4. ^ "Scripps College Historical Timeline". Archived from the original on 2012-12-11. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  5. ^ "The History of the Athenaeum".
  6. ^ "Greystone Mansion". beverlyhills.org. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  7. ^ "Hollywood Palladium". laconservancy.org. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  8. ^ "Beverly House". beverlyhouseestate.com. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  9. ^ "Gordon Bernie Kaufmann". Find a Grave. Retrieved June 17, 2019.

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