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Male, US, born 1873-03-18, died 1964-12-23

Associated with the firms network

Orr, Palmer, Inslee, Huber and Strange, Architects and Engineers; Orr, Robert Hall, Architect; Weeks, William H., Architect

Professional History


Draftsman, William H. Weeks, Architect, Salinas, CA, c. 1897-Fall 1898; Orr worked in Salinas for nearly two years without pay to gain architectural experience. In the fall of 1898, Weeks transferred Orr to work (for pay) in Weeks's Watsonville, CA, office. At this time, Orr worked with one other draftsman, Samuel Arnold.

Principal, Robert Hall Orr, Architect, Pomona, CA.

Professional Activity

Orr joined the Southern California Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1912. (See Thomas J. Holleman and Norman J. Johnston, A History and Directory of the College, [Washington, D.C.: American Institute of Architects Press, 1992], p. 128.)

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1941;



Born in English-speaking Canada, Orr, according to the US Census of 1930, immigrated to the US in 1881. He lived in Los Angeles, CA, with his wife, daughter and his father at 5022 Marathon Street. This Marathon Street residence had a value of $20,000. (Unlike many others by 1930, Orr's household did not own a radio.) Orr died in Los Angeles County, CA, at the age of 91.


His father was James Orr. His mother's maiden name was Graham.


He married Hilda E. Orr (born c. 1877 in KS) c. 1905.


He and Hilda had one daughter, Faith (born c. 1922 in CA).

Biographical Notes

SSN: 568-24-4656;

PCAD id: 874

Orr, Robert H., "Sculptural Advertising", Architect and Engineer, 53, 10/1927. "Architect Robert H. Orr prepares plans for a $500,000 church building", Architect and Engineer, 112, 11/1924. Orr, Robert Hall, "Times change architectural style, situation termed 'comedy on functionalism'", Architect and Engineer, 24-26, 10/1936. "Pomona High School", Architect and Engineer, 56-58, 06/1925. Azusa Herald and Pomotropic Golden anniversary, October 20, 1937; 50 years of progress, 7, 19, 1937. Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 203, 1994. "Unouri serves as Pastor", Los Angeles City Directory 1931, 1931. "Oliver, Charles D., House, Pomona, CA", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2, col 1, 12/04/1911. "Griffith Block Azusa remodeling 1910", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2, col 1, 11/25/1910. "Pilgrim Congregational Church #2, Pomona", Los Angeles Times, 8, 01/15/1911. "Seattle Church", Los Angeles Times, 3, 04/29/1923. "Excelsior Union High School plans, Norwalk", Los Angeles Times, 24, 10/29/1911. "Plans for a building at 936 Wall St.; R. H. Orr, architect", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 8, 07/10/1913. "Orr designs First Christian Church, Redondo Beach", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 21, col 3, 12/29/1939. "Plans for First Presbyterian Church, San Diego", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 24, col 2, 1912-05-25. "Orr plans Japanese Christian Church, 1913", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 12, col 1, 07/05/1913. "First Baptist Church Community, Sawtelle, Los Angeles", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 49, col 3, 05/30/1924. "Plans for the Massie Home for the Aged, Pasadena", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 49, col 3, 05/30/1924. "Plans for Kaufman Jr. High School, Pomona", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 49, col 3, 05/30/1924. "First Presbyterian Church plans", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 18, col 2, 1912-10-03. "Mount Olivet Church plans", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 14, col 1, 01/09/1920. "Orr plans for modernization of Stimson Building", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 32, col 1, 12/15/1939. "Griffith Block Azusa remodeling 1920", Southwest Builder & Contractor, 12, col 1, 7/30/1920. "Pomona High School Mechanical Arts Building", Southwest Builder & Contractor, 54, col. 3, 6/6/1924. "Plans for Chinese Christian Church at San Francisco", Southwest Contractor and Manufacturer, 15, col 3, 03/14/1914. "Orr plans Japanese Christian Church", Southwest Contractor and Manufacturer, 14, col 2, 03/14/1914. "Bethel Congregational Church, Ontario, California, Robert H. Orr, Architect, Los Angeles, California", Western Architect, 19: 7, np, 7/1913. Lewis, Betty, Thelma Shuman, "Early Meeting of Mr. Weeks and Orr", W.H. Weeks Architect, 93, 1985.