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Male, US, born 1899-09-05, died 1990-01-27

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Lee, S. Charles Architect


Professional History

Senior architect, South Park Board, City of Chicago, IL; Seaman, United States Navy, Great Lakes Training Station, 1918-1920; Draftsman, Rapp and Rapp, Architects, Chicago, IL, 1921; Principal, S. Charles Lee, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, 1922-1948; Partner, Lee and [Samuel] Hayden, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, 1948-;

Lee was licensed by State of Illinois to practice architecture in 1922. He founded the S. Charles Lee Foundation, Los Angeles, CA, in 1962, and established the S. Charles Lee Chair, UCLA Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Los Angeles, CA, in 1986.

Included in the "International Exhibit of Contemporary Architects," staged by Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), London, UK, 1934; Lee received the Presidential Medal, Order of Vasco Nuñez Balboa, Panama's highest order of merit in 1968. Lee was named the Panamanian Vice-Consul, Beverly Hills, CA, by President of Panama, 1963, and named Consul in Beverly Hills for Panama in 1974.

Lee's papers are housed in the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Library, Department of Special Collections, Young Research Library, Collection #1384. According to its UCLA finding aid, the collection contained "...drawings, renderings, blueprints, photographs, and surveys relating to Lee's professional career including his work as a developer and the most prolific architect of art deco movie palaces in Los Angeles." (See "Finding Aid for the S. Charles Lee Papers, 1919-1962,"Accessed 02/25/2011.)

Education

Graduate with Honors, Technical College, Chicago, IL, 1918-1920; graduate, Armour Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, 1921;

Personal

Lee was born in Chicago, IL, and moved to Los Angeles, CA, in 1921, opening his own architectural practice there one year later.

Lee was born Simeon Charles Levi, son of Julius and Hattie Stiller Levi, German-Jewish immigrants.

Lee married Miriam (Midge) Zelda Aisenstein (d. 1960) in Los Angeles, CA, in 1927. He married Hylda Moss, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1966;

Lee's daughter, Constance, was born in 1928, Los Angeles, CA.

Lee was known professionally as "S. Charles Lee." SSN: 554-14-6760; Treasurer, Board of Directors, Braille Institute, Los Angeles, CA; Lee obtained a license as a radio operator in 1915 and a pilot in 1935.



Associated Locations

  • Chicago, IL (Architect's Birth)
    Chicago, IL

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NameDateCityState
Academy Theatre, Inglewood, CA1939InglewoodCA
Alexander Theatre, Glendale, CA1925GlendaleCA
Bakersfield Opera House, Bakersfield, CA1906BakersfieldCA
Bruin Theatre, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA1937Westwood, Los AngelesCA
Chino Theatre, Chino, CA1947ChinoCA
City of Los Angeles, Department of Water and Power (LADWP), Building, Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles, CA1934-1935Lincoln Heights, Los AngelesCA
Factor, Max, Make-Up Salon, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA1935Los AngelesCA
Florence Theatre, Florence, Los Angeles, CA1930-1932
Fox Theatres Corporation, Fox Redondo Theatre, Redondo Beach, CA1928Redondo BeachCA
Fox Theatres Corporation, Fox Theatre, Downtown, Bakersfield, CA1929-1930BakersfieldCA
Fox West Coast Theatres Corporation, Fox Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix, AZ1930-1931PhoenixAZ
Fox West Coast Theatres Corporation, Fox Wilshire Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA1929-1930Beverly HillsCA
Fremont Theatre, Downtown, San Luis Obispo, CA1940-1942San Luis ObispoCA
Hollywood and Western Building, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA1927-1928Los AngelesCA
Los Angeles Theatre #2, Los Angeles, CA1930-1931Los AngelesCA
Loyola Theatre, Inglewood, CALos AngelesCA
Mayer, Louis B., Building, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA1927-1928Los AngelesCA
Mayfair Theatre, Ventura, CA1939-1940VenturaCA
Miami Theatre, Miami, FLMiamiFL
Orange Theatre, Orange, CA1924OrangeCA
Reseda Theatre, Reseda, Los Angeles, CA1947-1948Los AngelesCA
Temple Theatre, Temple City, CA1940Temple CityCA
Tower Bowl, San Diego, CA1940San DiegoCA
Tower Theatre, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA1925-1927Los AngelesCA
Tower Theatre, Klamath Falls, OR1939Klamath FallsOR
Tower Theatre, Tower District, Fresno, CA1938-1939FresnoCA
Tumbleweed Theatre, Five Points, CA1939Five PointsCA
Vern Theatre, Wyvernwood, Los Angeles, CA1939Wyvernwood, Los AngelesCA
Vogue Theatre, Oxnard, CA1949-1950OxnardCA
West Coast Theatre, Long Beach, CA 1924-1925Long BeachCA
Westlake Theatre #2 MacArthur Park, Los Angeles, CA1925-1926Los AngelesCA
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