Male, US, born 1902-01-24, died 1978-09

Associated with the firms network

Adams and Wynkoop, Architects; Metropolitan Building Company, Developers; Reamer, Robert C., Architect; Wynkoop, Frank, Architectural Designer


Professional History

Résumé

Principal, Frank Wynkoop, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, -1924.

Principal, Frank Wynkoop, Architect, Long Beach, CA, 1924- . In 08/1924, Wynkoop moved his office from the Farmers and Merchants National Bank Building, Los Angeles, CA to the Kress Building, 5th Street and Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA. His office was situated in Room #800 of the Kress Building in 1926. (See Long Beach, California, City Directory, 1926, p. 659.)

Draftsman, Metropolitan Building Company, Seattle, WA, 1931. During the early part of the Depression, Wynkoop found work with the Metropolitan Building Company, the entity responsible for building on the Metropolitan Tract in Downtown, on the grounds of the first campus of the University of Washington. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1931, p. 1833.)

Draftsman, Robert Reamer, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1932. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1932, p. 1571.)

Partner, Adams and Wynkoop, Architects, Bakersfield, CA, c. 1942-1945. The Adams and Wynkoop firm had some success designing school buildings in Southern CA and war housing in Lerdo, CA, near Bakersfield. Wynkoop had an office at 1676 Chester Avenue, in the Haberfelde Building, in 1942 and 1943. (See Bakersfield, California, City Directory, 1942, p. 468 and Bakersfield, California, City Directory, 1943, p. 420.)

In 02/1942, Wynkoop had an office in Room #420 of the Haberfelde Building in 02/1942. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation: The National Archives in St. Louis, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri; WWII Draft Registration Cards for California, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 1990, accessed 05/12/2020.) He maintained his office at 821 Market Street, Room #909, in 1945. (See San Francisco, California, City Directory, 1945, p. 1961.)

Principal, Frank Wynkoop and Associates, Architects, San Francisco, CA, 1945.

In addition to a San Francisco office, Frank Wynkoop had an branch location in Fresno, CA, in 1949, at 1157 Fulton Street, Room #419. (See Fresno, California, City Directory, 1949, p. 851.)

Principal, Frank Wynkoop and Associates, Carmel, CA, 1956. He had his office at this residence on Monte Verde Street in 1956. (See Monterey, California, City Directory, 1956, p. 514.)

Partner, Hawaii Architects and Collaborative, Honolulu, HI, 1971. He worked with his son, Dudley, in the Hawaii Architects and Collaborative in 1971. (See Polk´s Directory of City and County of Honolulu, 1971, p. 1511.) This may have broken up by 1972, as Dudley was not listed with the firm at that time. (See Polk´s Directory of City and County of Honolulu, 1972, p. 1631.)

Education

High School

Wynkoop completed four years of high school but didn't attend college, as noted in the 1940 US Census.

Personal

Relocation

Francis "Frank" Wynkoop was born in Denver, CO, on 01/24/1902, spending only a few years in this state. His grandfather, Edward W. Wynkoop, had served in the US Army in CO during the 1860s, giving the family some roots here. The Wynkoops moved to CA between 1902 and 1905, the first of many moves during Frank's life. At eight years of age, he lived with his parents at 517 Kentucky Street in Vallejo, CA. His father worked at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard in 1910. The household included Frank, his parents, younger brother, Ernest, and a lodger, Santee M. Servante, (born c. 1889 in Italy). (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Vallejo Ward 1, Solano, California; Roll: T624_108; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0185; FHL microfilm: 1374121, accessed 05/12/2020.)

In 1920, the Wynkoops had reestablished themselves in Pomona, CA. Here, they rented a house at 725 North White Avenue. Frank’s father worked as a "make-up man" at the local newspaper, his mother as a bookbinder in a printing plant, and Frank as a soda fountain attendant. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Pomona Ward 1, Los Angeles, California; Roll: T625_118; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 590, accessed 05/12/2020.)

In 1924, California voter records indicated that the architect lived at 524 West 10th Street in Los Angeles, CA. He relocated to Long Beach, CA, in 1924, where he and his family resided at 123 West 5th Street in Long Beach, CA. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation: California State Library; Sacramento, California; Great Register of Voters, 1900-1968, accessed 05/12/2020.) Their address was given as 127 West 5th Street in 1926. (See Long Beach, California, City Directory, 1926, p. 659.)

During the lean years of the early Depression, Wynkoop moved to the Pacific Northwest, working in Seattle. He and his family had an apartment in the city's Capitol Hill neighborhood, at 703 Bellevue Avenue North, #D21, in 1931. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1931, p. 1833.) They found another Capitol Hill rental at 2232 Boylston Avenue North the following year. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1932, p. 1571.)

Wynkoop, his wife, and son lived in the vicinity of Fresno, CA, in 1935, according to the 1940 US Census.

By 1938, he had relocated his family to Kern County to the south, where he and his wife lived at 725 I Street in Bakersfield. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation: California State Library; Sacramento, California; Great Register of Voters, 1900-1968, accessed 05/11/2020.) By 1940, they had moved to a residence in the then unincorporated community of Stockdale, now a part of Bakersfield. They selected a dwelling in the new suburban district around the Stockdale Country Club on Fairway Drive. It had a value of approximately $15,000, about the median price for a residence in the Stockdale district, but higher than average for the state at the time. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: Kern, California; Roll: m-t0627-00215; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 15-81, accessed 05/11/2020.) His Stockdale address between 1942 and 1944 was Route 3, Box 956, Bakersfield, CA. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation: The National Archives in St. Louis, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri; WWII Draft Registration Cards for California, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 1990, accessed 05/12/2020 and Ancestry.com, Source Citation: California State Library; Sacramento, California; Great Register of Voters, 1900-1968, accessed 05/11/2020.)

He resided in Carmel, CA, at the time of his mother's death in 1951, according to her obituary. (See Find a Grave.com, “Leona Mehan Wynkoop,” accessed 05/12/2020.) It was at this time, that Wynkoop designed the well-known "Butterfly House" for himself on a Scenic Drive promontory. Deaths of his wife, Adabelle, and his father in 1953-1954 forced him to sell rapidly the costly $135,000 house to a buyer, Stephen Kahn, for only $15,000.

Between 1956 and 1958, at least, Wynkoop, his second wife, Betty, and his daughter, Nancy, resided on the west side of Monte Verde Street three houses south of 2nd Avenue in Carmel, CA. (See Monterey, California, City Directory, 1956, p. 514 and Monterey, California, City Directory, 1958, p. 555.)

They moved to La Puente, CA, by 1959, where they made their residence at 914 North Broadmoor Avenue. (See 1959 La Puente, Bassett, City of Industry and North Whittier Heights Directory, p. 149.) Another directory had them living at 628 North Magnolia Avenue in Whittier, CA, in 1960. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation: California State Library; Sacramento, California; Great Register of Voters, 1900-1968, accessed 05/13/2020.)

Wynkoop and Betty lived at 922B 8th Avenue in Honolulu, HI, between 1972 and 1974, at least. (See Polk´s Directory of City and County of Honolulu, 1972, p. 1631 and Polk´s Directory of City and County of Honolulu, 1974, p. 1667.)

Parents

His father was Francis Murray Wynkoop, (born 05/04/1869 in PA-d. 04/09/1954 in San Bernardino, CA), his mother, Leona Mehan, (born 1880 in Gold Hill, NV-d. 12/1951 in San Bernardino, CA). They wed c. 1898, perhaps in NM, and likely lived in two cities in NM, Silver City, (c. 1900), and Albuquerque,(c. 1904), before settling in Northern CA by 1910.

His grandfather, Edward Wanshaer Wynkoop, (1836-1891) was an US Army Colonel, who fought during the 1860s against the Confederacy in NM and American Indians in CO. For unknown reasons, he was relieved of duty before what has been called the “Chivington Massacre,” a mass execution of Southern Cheyenne and Arapahoe Indians on 11/29/1864 at Sand Creek, CO. This murderous expedition was led by Colonel John M. Chivington, (1821-1894), and included a group of Colorado volunteers. After the army, Wynkoop became an Indian agent, as he retained some trust with Indian leaders. Edward lived with his wife and eight children in Santa Fe, MN, between about 1885 and 1891, during which time he was Warden of the New Mexico Penitentiary. (See Richard Wynkoop, Wynkoop Henealogy in the United States of America, [New York: Knickerbocker Press, 1904], p. 189.)

As noted in the 1910 US Census, Leona managed the household and had had six children, although only two survived when the census was taken. One child was Leona Louise Wynkoop, (born 1900 in Silver City, NM-d. 04/08/1904 in Albuquerque, NM), who died at age three or four.

His father, also known as "Frank," worked as a printer at the Vallejo Navy Yard in 1910, and remained a printer for his whole career, which took him to Los Angeles and San Bernardino, CA. At the end of his life he had a house at 955 Crescent Avenue in San Bernardino.

Frank's brother, Edward

Spouse

He wed Adabelle May Parke (born 07/01/1899 in AR-d. 06/05/1953 in Fresno, CA), between 1924 and 1926.

After Adabelle's death in 1953, he married Betty C. Atwater, (born 02/11/1916-d. 07/1981 in Honolulu, HI), in Monterey County, CA, on 08/07/1955. He was 53, she, 39. (See Ancestry.com, Source Information: California, Marriage Index, 1949-1959 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013, accessed 05/12/2020.)

Children

He and Adabelle had two children, Dudley Wynkoop, (born c. 1932 in CA) and Nancy Wynkoop Astabie (born 02/08/1936 in Fresno, CA-d. 11/17/1975 in San Francisco, CA).

Biographical Notes

There was also a Frank J. Wynkoop (born c. 1895 in WA) that worked as a carpenter in Pasadena, CA, in 1930. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Pasadena, Los Angeles, California; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 1271; FHL microfilm: 2339904, accessed 05/11/2020.)

His World War II draft registration card identified Wynkoop as Caucasian with a light complexion, with blue eyes and brown hair. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation: The National Archives in St. Louis, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri; WWII Draft Registration Cards for California, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 1990, accessed 05/12/2020.)

Wynkoop registered to vote as a Democrat in the 1924 elections in Los Angeles. Between 1942, 1944 and 1960, Wynkoop and his wives were registered Democrats. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation: California State Library; Sacramento, California; Great Register of Voters, 1900-1968, accessed 05/11/2020.)

SSN: 566-30-0292.



Associated Locations

  • Denver, CO (Architect's Birth)
    Denver, CO

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