Male, US, born 1871-07-16, died 1955-09-04
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Lucical Engineer, American Luxfer Prism Company, Chicago, IL, c. 1897-1900; he worked for American Luxfer in Chicago, New York, NY, and Philadelphia, PA.
Secretary, Mojave River Irrigation District, Victor Valley, San Bernardino, CA, c. 1907. See Foote Family Comprising the Genealogy and History of Nathaniel Foote of Wethersfield, Conn. and His Descendants, Vol. I, (Rutland, VT: Marble City Press--The Tuttle Company, 1907), p. 807.
Principal, Norman F. Marsh, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, 1917. In 1917, Marsh occupied Rooms #212-214 in the Broadway Central Building, 424 Broadway, Los Angeles. ("See "Directory of Architects," Southwest Builder and Contractor, vol. 50, no. 1, [whole no. 1267], 07/06/1917, p. 3.) During the economic slump just following World War I, in 1921, he occupied Room #211 of the Broadway Central Building. (See Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1921, p. 2721.)
Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Southern CA Chapter.
Marsh was listed as an Honorary Member of Alpha Rho Chi, the architectural honor society, in the 1918 and 1919 University of Illinois Yearbooks, Illio, p. 264 and p. 324.
Marsh attended public schools in Upper Alton, IL; three years of coursework in art, literature and science, Shurtleff College, Upper Alton, IL, 1891; Shurtleff was founded as a Baptist college in 1827. It closed in 1957.
B.S.,Arch., University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL, 1892-1897.
Marsh was born in Upper Alton, IL, and attended secondary schools and three years of college at Shurtleff College, before relocating in 1892 to Champaign-Urbana, IL, to attend the state university. He moved to Chicago, IL, to work for the still-extent Luxfer Prism Glass Company, where he worked as a "lucical engineer." Prism glass cylinders embedded in sidewalks helped to magnify solar energy, illuminating basement storage areas in many urban contexts. According to a timeline of Luxfer corporate history: in 1898, "Luxfer even offer[ed] the services of '1ucical engineers' who travel[ed] to job sites to help optimize prism tile usage." (See ""Luxfer: a history,"
Marsh, unlike many contemporary architects, did not change his residences frequently. He had enough financial stability to remain in the same house during the Depression, and did not move to larger quarters when times were good. When he first moved to Los Angeles, he lived alone in a rooming house at 811 South Hill Street. (See Ancestry.com Source Citation Year: 1900; Census Place: Los Angeles Ward 4, Los Angeles, California; Roll: 89; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 0035; FHL microfilm: 1240089, accessed 04/20/2017.)
He resided in two houses during his 55 years in Southern CA. In 1910, he lived at 911 Fair Oaks Avenue In South Pasadena. At this time, he lived with his mother-iin-law, Rebecca Cairns, (born c. 1844 in IL), a servant, Ellen Madley, (born c. 1880 in England), and her daughter, Lillian, (born c. 1901 in England). He and Cora resided at 1934 Milan Avenue in South Pasadena from at least 1920 until 1952. (See (See Ancestry.com Source Citation Year: 1920; Census Place: South Pasadena, Los Angeles, California; Roll: T625_119; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 614; Image: 985, accessed 04/20/2017, and South Pasadena, California, City Directory, 1952,p. 139.)
His parents were Ebenezer Marsh and Kate Prevost Foote Marsh; they married in Alton, IL, in 1860. According to the 1880 US Census, Ebeneezer was a chemist, a common word of the time for a pharmacist. His parents had nine children, eight sons and a daughter. Norman was the second youngest boy. His siblings, all born in Upper Alton, included George Edmunds Marsh (09/23/1861-1939), who also became a pharmacist, Henry Arthur Marsh (born 07/20/1863) Alfred Eben Marsh (born 11/09/1864), William Holton March (born 10/17/1866), Joseph Van Eaton Marsh (born 04/06/1868), Benjamin Dodge Marsh (03/08/1870-08/26/1870), Alice Ellen Marsh (born 02/16/1874), and Charles Mason Marsh (born 02/11/1884). (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1880; Census Place: Upper Alton, Madison, Illinois; Roll: 233; Family History Film: 1254233; Page: 195D; Enumeration District: 014; Image: 0393, accessed 04/20/2017.)
Marsh married Cora Mae Cairns (1874-1957) at Polo, IL, 01/23/1901.
He and Cora had two children, Norman LeRoy Marsh (1902-1978) and Marian Elizabeth Marsh (1906-2001).
Marsh became a 32nd-degree Mason.
Chairman, Board of Trustees, Memorial Baptist Church (1913). Marsh was active in the Baptist Church, and designed several in Southern CA and in the Pacific Northwest. He also made connections with Methodist congregations in the Los Angeles area.
PCAD id: 332
|1st Baptist Church #1, Alhambra, CA||Alhambra||CA|
|1st Baptist Church #2, Pomona, CA||1910||Pomona||CA|
|1st Baptist Church #2, South Pasadena, CA||South Pasadena||CA|
|1st Baptist Church Project, Seattle, WA||1907||Seattle||WA|
|1st Baptist Church Project, Vancouver, BC||1906||Vancouver||BC|
|1st Methodist Church #2, Azusa, CA||1910||Azusa||CA|
|1st Methodist Church #2, Upland, CA||1930||Upland||CA|
|1st Methodist Church, Covina, CA||1909-1910||Covina||CA|
|1st Methodist Church of Long Beach, Long Beach, CA||Long Beach||CA|
|1st Methodist Church of Oakland #4, CA||1911-1912||Oakland||CA|
|1st Methodist Church, Santa Ana, CA||1928||Santa Ana||CA|
|1st Presbyterian Church, Azusa, CA||Azusa||CA|
|1st Presbyterian Church, Long Beach, CA||1907||Long Beach||CA|
|2111 East Woodlyn Road House, Pasadena, CA||1951||Pasadena||CA|
|American Legion, Lodge, South Pasadena, CA||1921||South Pasadena||CA|
|Bush, George, Memorial Garden, South Pasadena, CA||1942||South Pasadena||CA|
|Calvary Presbyterian Church #2, Wilmington, Los Angeles, CA||1927||Los Angeles||CA|
|City of Azusa, Public Library #1, Azusa, CA||1908-1910||Azusa||CA|
|Columbia Hospital, Los Angeles, CA||Los Angeles||CA|
|Corona Baptist Church, Corona, CA||Corona||CA|
|Friendship Baptist Church, Pasadena, CA||1921||Pasadena||CA|
|Griffith, A.P., Block, Azusa, CA||1894||Azusa||CA|
|Hollywood Hotel Project, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA||1907||Los Angeles||CA|
|Huntington Beach Pavilion, Huntington Beach, CA||1905|
|Inglewood Unified School District, Fairview Heights School, Inglewood, CA||Inglewood||CA|
|Inglewood Unified School District, Kelso Street School, Inglewood, CA||Inglewood||CA|
|Memorial Baptist Church, South Pasadena, CA|
|Montebello Unified School District, Suva Street School, Bell Gardens, CA||1946||Bell Gardens||CA|
|Newport-Mesa Unified School District, Corona del Mar Elementary School, Corona del Mar, CA||1944||Corona del Mar||CA|
|Nordhoff Union High School District, Nordhoff Union High School #1, Nordhoff, CA||1911-1912||Ojai||CA|
|Novak House, Franklin Hills, Los Angeles, CA||1937||Franklin Hills, Los Angeles||CA|
|Parkhurst Building, Ocean Park, Santa Monica, CA||1926-1927||Santa Monica||CA|
|Pomona Unified School District (PUSD), Polytechnic High School, Pomona, CA||1909||Pomona||CA|
|Porter, F.C., House, South Pasadena, CA||South Pasadena||CA|
|Santa Ana 1st Methodist Church, Santa Ana, CA|
|Santa Monica School District, Roosevelt School, Santa Monica, CA||1935||Santa Monica||CA|
|Second Baptist Church #2, Los Angeles, CA||Los Angeles||CA|
|South Pasadena Unified School District, South Pasadena High School, Fine Arts Building, South Pasadena, CA||South Pasadena||CA|
|South Pasadena Unified School District, South Pasadena High School, Main Building, South Pasadena, CA||South Pasadena||CA|
|South Pasadena Unified School District, South Pasadena High School, Science Building, South Pasadena, CA||South Pasadena||CA|
|Swedish Baptist Church, Los Angeles, CA||1906||Los Angeles||CA|
|Tropico Methodist Church, Tropico, Glendale, CA||1913|
|University of Redlands, Administration Building, Redlands, CA||1909-1910||Redlands||CA|
|University of Redlands, Bekins Hall, Redlands, CA||Redlands||CA|
|University of Southern California (USC), Taper Hall for the Humanities, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA|
|Upland Unified School District, Upland Elementary School #2, Upland, CA||1938||Upland||CA|
|Woman's Club of South Pasadena, South Pasadena, CA||1913||South Pasadena||CA|