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Male, born 06/21/1891, died 1957

Associated with the firms network

Bennett and Bennett, Architects; Bennett and Haskell, Architects; Bennett, J. Cyril, Architect; Bergstrom, Haskell, and Bennett, Associated Architects; Marston, Sylvanus B., Architect

Professional History

Draftsman, Sylvanus B. Marston, Architect, Pasadena, CA, 1907-1914; Principal, J. Cyril Bennett, Architect, Pasadena, CA, c. 1914-1923; Partner, Bennett and Haskell, Architects, Pasadena, CA, c. 1924-1934; Partner, Bennett and Bennett, Architects, Pasadena, CA, c. 1955;


Born in the Hereford, Herefordshire, England, John Cyril Bennett moved to the U.S. in 1891; he first resided in Chicago, IL, and was naturalized on 01/22/1915 in the U.S. District Court, Southern Division of California, Los Angeles, CA. In 1917, he lived at 233 Elm Avenue, Pasadena, CA. (The 1920 U.S. Census confirmed this address.) In 1930, he and his family lived at 1447 Casa Grande Street, Pasadena, CA; Bennett owned the house at this time, and it had a value of $15,000, a significant sum. He died in Los Angeles, County, CA, at the age of 65;

His father was Charles Bennett, born in England; his mother's maiden name was Probert;

Bennett married Olevia Cobb (born c. 1889 in ID), 04/16/1913. (On at least one official form, a U.S. passport application of 1924) her name was recorded as "Olivia.") She re-married after Cyril's death to Charles R. Seward, 04/25/1967; he was 76, she 78.

He had two children: Robert (born 01/13/1915 in Pasadena, CA) and Margaret, (born c. 1920 in Pasadena, CA).

SSN: 552-24-8830; Bennett claimed an exemption from the WW I Draft in 1917 citing his support of his mother, wife and child. The passport form described Bennett at age 27 as having a stout build, medium height, brown eyes and dark brown hair. He and his wife, Olivia, took a study tour of the British Isles, France and Italy in 1924; they departed New York, NY, aboard the liner Berengaria on 06/04/1924. According to his U.S. Passport application of 1924, Bennett was born on 06/21/1890. Most records indicate his birth to have been in 1891, including the England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915, available via

Associated Locations

  • Pasadena, CA (Architect's Death)
    Pasadena, CA

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  • Hereford, Herefordshire UK (Architect's Birth)
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PCAD id: 477

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