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Male, US, born 1886-10-24, died 1957-02-12

Associated with the firms network

Gogerty and Noerenberg, Architects; Noerenberg and Johnson; Noerenberg, Clarence E., Architect

Professional History


Major, American Expeditionary Forces (AEF), c. 1917-1918; Principal, Clarence E. Noerenberg, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, 01/1920-05/1920, c. 1925- . In 01/1920, the Southwest Builder and Contractor indicated that he had just opened his own architectural office and provided a few biographical details about him: "Archt. C.E. Noerenberg has opened an office at 762 Pacific Electric Bldg.; telephone Main 4187, station 23. Mr. Noerenberg was a major in artillery during the war and came to Los Angeles from Chicago about six months ago. He will practice architecture and structural engineering, making a specialty of reinforced concrete construction in which he has had considerable experience. Mr. Noerenberg has a number of large building projects in prospect, one of which will be started within a few months. He desires catalogs and quotations on materials." (See "Personal and Trade Notes," Southwest Builder and Contractor,01/09/1920, p. 11.) In his work, Noerenberg used his knowledge of reinforced concrete construction to design several school buildings, whose strength and resistence to earthquakes was of primary importance.

Partner, Noerenberg and [H.S.] Johnson, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, 05/1920- c. 1925; the Southwest Builder and Contractor reported that Noerenberg formed a partnership with H.S. Johnson in its 05/07/1920 issue (p. 12).

Partner, Gogerty and Noerenberg, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1938.

Professional Activities

On 02/04/1928, Noerenberg filed a US Patent for Building Construction, granted on 02/17/1931 and numbered #1,793,188. He devised a prefabricated framing system utilized for small buildings using only steel parts. Both the frame and cladding materials were steel in order to provide rigidity against earthquakes, resistance to rot and termites, and could be erected quickly and easily by relatively unskilled labor.

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Southern CA Chapter, 1921-1931. In 1921, he served on the AIA SC Chapter's Membership Committee, with R. Germain Hubby (Chair), Alfred Faist Rosenheim (Secretary), William M. Clarke and Charles F. Plummer.



Clarence E. Noerenberg was born in Illinois and lived in Chicago after World War I service. He migrated to Los Angeles, CA, in mid-1919 and established his own architetural practice in 01/1920.

He died in Los Angeles County, CA, at the age of 70.


His mother's maiden name was Hintz. Noerenberg had at least one sister, Alice P. Noerenberg (b. IL, 3/15/1891-d. Los Angeles County, CA, 7/2/1969) and one brother, Oscar R. Noerenberg, (b. IL, 10/13/1888-d. Los Angeles County, CA, 9/16/1962);

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