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Male, US, born 1883-05-17, died 1954-07-16

Associated with the firms network

Kyson, Charles H., Architect; Kysor and Biggar, Architects; Kysor and Noonan; Kysor, Charles H., Architect; Kysor, Ezra F., Architect; Kysor, Morgan and Walls, Architects

Professional History


Principal, Charles Kysor, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1915; Partner, Kysor and Biggars, Architects, Bakersfield, CA, c. 1915; Partner, Kysor and Noonan, Architects, Los Angeles, CA; In 11/1915, Charles Kysor maintained an office at 618 Wright and Callender Building, Los Angeles, CA.

Professional Activities

Kyson had some connections with the film industry in Los Angeles; in 1920, he acted as Technical Director (for architecture) for a number of silent movies produced by Thomas Ince Productions, J. Parker Read, Jr. Productions, and Allan Dwan Productions; in 1936, the movie "West of Nevada," was made, directed by Robert F. Hill, based on an unpublished novel written by Kyson;



Kyson was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, a native who never left; Kyson died of a heart attack, due to "advanced arterio-sclerotic cardio-vascular disease," according to the death certificate;


Kyson's father was the noted Los Angeles architect, Ezra F. Kysor, a one-time partner of Octavius Morgan, Sr. and John A. Walls; his mother was Clara Perry, born in Wisconsin.


He married Barbara Kyson, the former Barbara Meiklejo, born in SC, who died in Los Angeles County, 09/02/1960, at the age of 74.


He had at least one aughter: Francis Harleigh Kyson.

Biographical Notes

Due to high anti-German feeling in the US after the sinking of the Cunard liner RMS Lusitania in 1915, Charles H. Kyson, née Kysor, changed his name during World War I because of its resemblance to the German word "Kaiser." (See "Kyson" in the LAPL California Index card file.) As of 04/1918, he was still known as Kysor. (See "Advance News" Building and Engineering News, vol. 18, no. 17, 04/24/1918, p. 9.) Kyson was not alone among architects in the state to change his name; the San Francisco architect, Charles Sumner Kaiser, legally changed his name to "Charles Kaiser Sumner" during WW I; SSN: 550-26-0799.

Associated Locations

  • Los Angeles, CA (Architect's Death)
    Los Angeles, CA

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  • Los Angeles, CA (Architect's Birth)
    Los Angeles, CA

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  • Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA (Architect's Office)
    Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

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PCAD id: 740