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Male, UK/US, born 1870-02-13, died 1963-09-02

Associated with the firms network

Allied Architects Association of Los Angeles; Austin and Ashley, Architects; Austin and Pennell, Architects; Austin, Field, and Fry, Architects; Austin, John C.W. Architect; Mooser and Devlin, Architects


Professional History

Résumé

Apprentice, William S. Barwick, Architect, in the UK; this was during the late 1880s; Draftsman, Benjamin Linfoot, Architect, Philadelphia, PA, 1891-1892; Draftsman, William S. Barwick, UK, 3 months in 1892; Draftsman, Mooser and Devlin, Architects, San Francisco, CA, 1892-1895; Partner, Austin and Skilling, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1896-1899; Partner, Austin and Brown, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1906; Principal, John C.W. Austin, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1902-1909, c. 1920-1929; in 1903, Austin maintained his office in Rooms #212-213 in the Douglas Building, Los Angeles. (See Los Angeles Classified Business Directory, 1903, p. 1705.) By 1907, he worked in Room #697 of the Pacific Electric Building. (See Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1907, p. 1651.)

Partner, Austin and Pennell, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1910-1914; Member firm, Allied Architects Association of Los Angeles, CA, 1921-1944; Partner, Austin and Ashley, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1929-1935; Partner, Austin, Field, and Fry, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1953-1958;

Austin joined the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Southern California Chapter, in 1902. Austin practiced for over fifty years in Southern California.

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1913;

Education

High School/College

Austin received private school instruction in England; he also was tutored individually.

Personal

Relocation

Born in Bodicote, Oxfordshire, England, Austin lived at 9 Church Hill Road, Milverton, Warwickshire, England with his mother and two siblings, 2 aunts, 1 uncle, a cousin, 2 servants and a boarder. Austin left the port of Liverpool, England for New York, NY, in 10/1888, living first in Philadelphia, PA. He returned to the UK for three months in 1892, and then left again for a job in San Francisco, CA, where he remained until c. 1894. (He came back from England aboard the S.S. Etruria arriving in the Port of New York, NY on 07/11/1892, bound for San Francisco.) It appears that Austin may have gone back to England at least twice while living in San Francisco, although this is hard to verify. In 1894, with little construction work available following the economic crash of 1893, he transplanted himself to Los Angeles, CA, in 1894. He stayed in Southern California for the rest of his life. The Austin Family lived at 85 Madison Avenue in Pasadena, CA, in 1910 and 1920, according to the U.S. Censuses of those years. By 1930, Austin had moved to a costly, $75,000 house at 1121 Arden Road, Pasadena. John lived here with his wife, Hilda, 6 children, and 3 servants, a butler, maid and housekeeper. He died in Los Angeles County, CA at the age of 93;

Parents

His father was Richard Wilson Austin; His mother's was Jane Elizabeth Usher Austin; in 1881, Jane E. Austin ran a boarding house in Milverton, Warwickshire, England. His sister was Mabel M.W. Austin (born c. 1868), his brother, William H.H. Austin (born c. 1873).

Spouse

In 1912, Austin had been married twice; in 1902, he married Hilda Violet Mytton in Los Angeles, CA. According to the U.S. Census of 1920, Hilda was born in England c. 1873, and came to the U.S. in 1895, six years after John Austin. She, like John and Dorothy, was naturalized in 1903. Her father was Welsh, her mother Russian.

Children

He had had one child by his first wife, a daughter, Dorothy R. Austin (born c. 1892 in England, came to the U.S. in 1896 and was naturalized in 1903), and had by his second, five daughters, Marjorie (born c. 1905 in CA), Ada Gwendolyn (born c. 1906 in CA), Hilda Violet (born c. 1909 in CA), Angela M. (born c. 1900 in CA) and Phyllis J. (born c. 1912 in CA) and two sons, William (born c. 1907) and Harold M. (born c. 1911 in CA). In 1930, William worked as a Draftsman in his father's architectural office, Ada had become a cellist in an orchestra, and the other three children did not work and may have been in school.

Biographical Notes

Austin declared his intention to be naturalized on 03/22/1900, and was naturalized on 02/04/1903. The Los Angeles architect, Chauncey Fitch Skilling (1868-1945), who was a Los Angeles City Councilman at the time, served as a character witness for Austin. President, Los Angeles Humane Society for Children, 1912; Member, Jonathan Club, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1912; Member, Sierra Madre Club, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1912; he also was a thirty-second degree Mason, a member of the Mystic Shrine, Al Malaikah Temple, Los Angeles, CA. SSN: 562-52-6213.



Associated Locations

  • Bodicote, Oxfordshire UK (Architect's Birth)
    Bodicote, Oxfordshire UK

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PCAD id: 107


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