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Male, US, born 1892-06-14, died 1952-04-10

Associated with the firms network

Fickett, Edward H., FAIA, Architect; Spaulding and Rex, Architects; Spaulding, Rex and Deswarte, Architects and Engineers; Spaulding, Sumner Architect; Webber and Spaulding, Architects; Webber, Staunton and Spaulding, Architects


Professional History

Résumé

First Lieutenant, US Marine Corps, 08/09/1917-07/29/1919. His World War I draft registration card indicated that he was in the Officers Reserve Corps, at Fort Sheridan, IL, on 05/17/1817.

Draftsman, Myron Hunt, Architect, Pasadena, CA, c. 1921.

Principal, Sumner Maurice Spaulding, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, 1923. He had an office in Room #1017 of the Hibernian Building, 408 South Spring Street in 1923. (See Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1923, p. 2877.)

Partner, Weber, Staunton and Spaulding, Architeccts, Los Angeles, CA, 1924-1928.

Partner, Spaulding, Rex, and Deswarte, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, 1940-1953. In 1942, his office was located at 3305 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation The National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; World War II Draft Cards (4th Registration) for the State of California; Record Group Title: Records of the Selective Service System, 1926-1975; Record Group Number: 147, 08/01/2018.)

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA).

Education

College

Coursework, University of Michigan (U of M), Ann Arbor, MI, 1911-1913.

B.S., Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, 1916.

Personal

Relocation

Spaulding was born in Ionia in central Lower MI, located on the Grand River, the largest river in the state. His father was a farmer working on the outskirts of Ionia in 1900. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1900; Census Place: Ionia, Ionia, Michigan; Page: 3; Enumeration District: 0014; FHL microfilm: 1240717, accessed 08/01/2018.) They continued to live on a farm in 1910. The Spauldings were prosperous enough to afford two servants, Mabel Waldron (born c. 1888 in MI) and Den Haxon (born c. 1881 in MI). (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1910; Census Place: Ionia, Ionia, Michigan; Roll: T624_650; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0019; FHL microfilm: 1374663, accessed 08/01/2018.)

He and his wife rented an apartment in the building at 44 Stimson Street in Detroit, MI's Cass Corridor neighborhood in 1920. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1920; Census Place: Detroit Ward 2, Wayne, Michigan; Roll: T625_802; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 74, accessed 08/01/2018.)

He came to California by 1921, settling in the Los Angeles area. He and Pauline lived at 624 South Normandie Avenue (in what is now Koreatown) while he worked as a draftsman for Myron Hunt. He spent the remainder of his life in Southern CA, moving periodically from house to house.

Spaulding and his wife lived at 3468 San Marino Street in Los Angeles, CA, from at least 1923 until 1926. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1926; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: T715, 1897-1957; Microfilm Roll: Roll 3894; Line: 20; Page Number: 96, 08/01/2018.)

In 1930, he and his family resided at 10449 Cheviot Drive in the Cheviot Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. Spaulding owned this house, valued by the US Census of 1930 at $12,000. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1930; Census Place: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California; Page: 67A; Enumeration District: 0126; FHL microfilm: 2339872, 08/01/2018.) Four years later, they lived in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, at 10627 Holman Avenue. (See Westwood, California, City Directory, 1934, p. 99.)

The Spaulidngs had a residence at 1454 San Ysidro Drive, Beverly Hills, CA, between 1938 and 1950, at least. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation California State Library; Sacramento, California; Great Register of Voters, 1900-1968, 08/01/2018.)

Spaulding died at the young age of 59 in Los Angeles County, CA. He was buried at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, CA.

Parents

His mother, Hannah Harper (born c. 1859-d. 12/04/1934 in Detroit, MI), was from in Belnheim, ON, Canada. She had had three children by 1900, two of whom survived in that year. She managed the household consisting of her husband, Lee Philo Spaulding (born 09/23/1862 in Ionia County, MI–d. 06/29/1927 in Ionia County, MI), a farmer, Sumner, and her daughter, Marion C. Spaulding (born 06/1898 in Ionia, MI). In 1910, another daughter had been born, Dorothy J. Spaulding (born 09/06/1901 in Ionia, MI-d. 1987).

Hannah and Lee married on 10/24/1885 in Ionia, MI.

Both of Hannah's parents, Benjamin Harper (1815-1875) and Hannah Rapson (1822-1889), were English, while Lee's came from NY.

Spouse

He wed Pauline Snyder (born 01/06/1894 in Detroit, MI-d. 08/14/1955 in Los Angeles, CA) by 1920. The two lived as a married couple in Detroit, MI, as per the US Census of 1920.

Her parents were Harold Snyder and Mary Pettibone.

Children

He and Pauline had a daughter, Rosemary, (born c. 1925 in CA).

Biographical Notes

He and Pauline took a European vacation in 1926. sailing on the S.S. La Savoie from Le Havre, France, to New York, NY, between 07/21/1926 and 07/30/1926. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1926; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: T715, 1897-1957; Microfilm Roll: Roll 3894; Line: 20; Page Number: 96, 08/01/2018.)

In 04/1942, Spaulding stood 5-feet, 11 1/4-inches tall, weighed 156 pounds, had a light complexion, brown eyes and gray hair, according to his World War II draft registration card. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation The National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; World War II Draft Cards (4th Registration) for the State of California; Record Group Title: Records of the Selective Service System, 1926-1975; Record Group Number: 147, 08/01/2018.)

According to CA Voter records of 1924, Sumner Spaulding registered as a Republican, as did his wife. They had the same affiliations in 1930. (Sumner Spaulding was not listed in voter rolls for 1936.) By 1942, however, he had swtiched to supporting the Democrats, his wife remaining a Republican. In 1950, Sumner Spaulding was a registered Democrat, his wife, a Republican. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation California State Library; Sacramento, California; Great Register of Voters, 1900-1968, 08/01/2018.)

Member, California Yacht Club, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1936; Spaulding was a member at the same time as Los Angeles architect, Francis Pierpont Davis (1884-1953).



Associated Locations

PCAD id: 617


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