Male, US, born 1903-04-24, died 1980-07-18

Associated with the firms network

Heitschmidt and Matcham, Architects; Heitschmidt, Earl T. Architect; Heitschmidt, Matcham and Davis, Architects; Matcham, Charles Ormrod, Sr., and Associates; Matcham, Charles Ormrod, Sr., Architect


Professional History

Junior Draftsman, Cram and Ferguson Architects, New York, NY, 1925; Draftsman, James Gamble Rogers, Architect, New York, NY, 1926; Sr. Draftsman, various Los Angeles offices, 1928-1932; Senior Draftsman, Earl T. Heitschmidt, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, 1932-1940; at this time, he became Manager of Heitschmidt's Palm Springs, CA, Office; Partner, Heitschmidt and Matcham, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, 1940-1950; Principal, Charles O. Matcham, AIA, Architect, Roland Logan Russell, Associate, 1950- ;

Matcham joined the American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles Chapter, 1936; Member, State Association of CA Architects; Commissioner, Los Angeles Board of Building and Safety, 07/10/1940-1945; Vice-President, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Southern CA Chapter, 1944; Chairman, Committee on Membership, AIA, Southern CA Chapter, 1944; Chairman, California Council of Architects, Unification Committee, 1945; Chairman, AIA Regional Planning Committee, Southern CA Chapter, 1945; Director, AIA, Southern CA Chapter, 1945; President, AIA, Southern CA Chapter, 1946; Member, AIA Committee on Membership, 1946; Vice-Chairman, AIA Chapter Officers' Committee, 01/1947-1948; Chairman, AIA Nominations Committee, Southern CA Chapter, 1947; Member, AIA Committee on Regional Planning and Development, 1948; Member, AIA Committee on the National Capitol, 1948; Member, AIA Committee on Local Public Works, 1949; Chairman, Regional Planning Committee, Southern CA Chapter, 1947-1949; Chairman, AIA Civic Center Committee, Southern CA Chapter, 1950-1951; Vice-President, California Council of Architects, 1951; Chairman, AIA Public Works Committee, Southern CA Chapter, 1951; Regional Director of AIA, 1952-1954; Registered Architect, CA, 1955, 1962, 1970;

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1958;

Education

Graduate, Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT, 1921; B.Ph., Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1925; studied at the Fontainebleau School, Fontainebleau, France, summer 1927; B.F.A.,Yale School of Architecture, New Haven, CT, 1928; Matcham served as the President of the Yale Club Southern CA in 1949-1950.

Rome Prize, 1st Honorable Mention, Runner-up, 1928;

Personal

Charles O. Matcham, Sr., (b. Allentown, PA, 04/24/1903; died Los Angeles County, CA, 07/18/1980); Matcham, Sr. and his wife lived on Mansfield Road, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1930;

Father: Charles Arthur Matcham, (b. Torquay, England, 1863, d. Allentown, PA, 1911); mother: Margaret Ormrod, (b. Tamaqua, PA, 1865, d. Allentown, PA, 1919);

Matcham married Harriett Louise Quinlan (b. 09/26/1904, Middleville, MI- d. 04/30/1986, Los Angeles County, CA) on 11/22/1929;

Sons: Charles Ormrod Matcham, Jr., (b. 10/08/1932, CA-d. 11/15/1996, Placer County, CA), Michael Quinlan Matcham, (b. 1934);

Matcham was an Episcopalian and a Republican; he belonged to the California Club, Palm Springs Racquet Club, Town Hall, Los Angeles Turf Club, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. In honor of his parents, Charles A. and Margaret O. Matcham, Charles O. Matcham, Sr., endowed the Charles O. Matcham Scholarship Fund at Yale University to benefit an outstanding last-year student in need of financial assistance; Eero Saarinen won a Matcham Scholarship for travel in Europe 1934-1936. SSN: 550-34-7218; when surveyed in 1955, Matcham indicated that he had traveled in England, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and the Caribbean.



Associated Locations

  • Allentown, PA (Architect's Birth)
    Allentown, PA

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  • Los Angeles, CA (Architect's Death)
    Los Angeles, CA

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PCAD id: 1292


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