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Male, US, born 1883-08-16, died 1946-11-16

Associated with the firms network

Marston and Maybury, Architects; Marston and Van Pelt, Architects; Marston, Sylvanus B., Architect; Marston, Van Pelt and Maybury, Architects

Professional History


Principal, Sylvanus B. Marston, Architect, Pasadena, CA, -1912. In 1912, Marston leased Room #602 of the Chamber of Commerce Building in Pasadena. Four other archtects had space in this office block at that time: C.F. Driscoll (Room #500), J. Constantine Hillman (Room #444), G. Corwin Keyes (Room #304) and Wagner and Gallagher (Room #641). (See Thurston's Pasadena, California, City Directory, 1912,p. 430.)

Partner, Marston and Van Pelt, Architects, Pasaderna, CA, 1913- .

Partner, Marston, Van Pelt and Maybury, Architects, Pasadena, CA.

Partner, Marston and Maybury, Architects, Pasadena, CA, 1927-c. 1942.

Professional Activities

Marston received his architectural certification in California, in 01/1908.

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), 1916.

President, AIA, Southern California Chapter, 1940-1942.

Chairman, Pasadena City Planning Association.

Professional Awards

Marston and Van Pelt received AIA Southern California Chapter Honor Awards for the Arcade Building, Pasadena, CA, and the Garford House, Pasadena, CA, 04/1920.

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1942.


Graduate, Pasadena High School, Pasadena, CA, c. 1901; 2 years coursework, Pomona College, Pomona, CA, 1901-1903; B.Arch., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1907; at Cornell, Marston belonged to Masque and the Delta Phi Fraternity;

Graduated with High Honors at Cornell University, 1907.



Marston was born in Oakland, CA. His family relocated to Pasadena in the 1890s.

In 1943, Sylvanus and Edith Marston lived at a residence at 560 East California Boulevard in Pasadena. (See Pasadena, California, City Directory, 1943, p. 430.)

Sylvanus Marston died in Los Angeles County, CA at the age of 63.


His mother's maiden name was Palmer; his father was the San Francisco architect and engineer, P.E. Marston.


He married Edith Hatfield Marston, (b. 06/09/1882 in MO- d. 09/06/1975 in Los Angeles County, CA), in 1910.


He and Edith had a son, Keith Palmer Marston.

Biographical Notes

Marston's nicknames were "Van" or "Sy."

SSN: 561-22-1294.

Associated Locations

  • Oakland, CA (Architect's Birth)
    Oakland, CA

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  • Pasadena, CA (Architect's Office)
    25 South Euclid Street
    Pasadena, CA

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PCAD id: 171

1011 South Madison Avenue House, Oak Knoll, Pasadena, CA1910PasadenaCA
1st National Bank of Chino, Headquarters Building, Chino, CA1924ChinoCA
1st Presbyterian Church, Alhambra, CA1924AlhambraCA
Alhambra Unified School District, Keppel, Mark, High School, Alhambra, CA1938-1940AlhambraCA
American Legion, Hall, Pasadena, CA1923-1924PasadenaCA
Arcade Building #2, Pasadena, CAPasadenaCA
Braun, C.F., and Company, Building, Alhambra, CAAlhambraCA
Casa del Cielo, Pasadena, CA1923PasadenaCA
City of Arcadia, Public Library #4, Arcadia, CA1929ArcadiaCA
Claremont College, Infirmary, Claremont, CA
Claremont College, Student Union, Claremont, CA
Courtyard Apartment House, Pasadena, CA1908PasadenaCA
Curtin House, Pasadena, CA1915PasadenaCA
Fenyes, Dr. Adalbert and Eva Scott, House #2, Pasadena, CA1905-1906PasadenaCA
Garford House, Oak Knoll, Pasadena, CA1919PasadenaCA
Jones, Garfield R., House, Pasadena, CA1920PasadenaCA
Lamanda Park School District, Lamanda Park School, Lamanda Park, Pasadena, CA1914Lamada ParkCA
Maryland Apartments, Pasadena, CA1908-1909PasadenaCA
Mexican Methodist Church, Pasadena, CA1915PasadenaCA
Meyer, John Henry, House, San Marino, CA1920San MarinoCA
Neighborhood Church Parish House, Pasadena, CA1913-1914PasadenaCA
Newby, H., House, Pasadena, CAPasadenaCA
Nicholson, Grace, Building, Pasadena, CA1924PasadenaCA
Padua Hills Theatre, Claremont, CA1930ClaremontCA
Petersen, W.D., House, Altadena, CA1912AltadenaCA
Pomona Unified School District, Lincoln, Abraham, Elementary School, Pomona, CA1936PomonaCA
Shedd, E.A., House, Beverly Hills, CA1924-1925Beverly HillsCA
Thomas, Professor C.C., House, Ithaca, NY1907
Turner and Stevens Funeral Home, Pasadena, CA1922PasadenaCA
United Presbyterian Church, Pasadena, CA1924-1925PasadenaCA
United States Government, Postal Service (USPS), Main Post Office, Pasadena, CA1916PasadenaCA
Villa Verde, Pasadena, CA1927PasadenaCA
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Pasadena, CAPasadenaCA
Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), Building #1, Pasadena, CA1910PasadenaCA
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