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Male, US, born 1861-06, died 1920-11-18

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Brown and Bradbeer, Architects; Brown and Fisher, Architects; Brown, Carroll H., Architect

Professional History


Carpenter's apprentice, Auburn, NY, 1880.

Principal, Carroll H. Brown, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, 1884-1888; c. 1890-1919. From at least 1884 until 1888, Brown operated his offce in Room #22 in the Schumacher Building in Los Angeles. Business must have expanded by 1888, as he had two rooms by this time, Rooms #22 and 24. (See the Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1887, p. 446 andLos Angeles, California, City Directory, 1888, p. 768.)

Partner, Brown and Bradbeer, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1888-1889. Business may have been so good by 1888, that Brown took on a partner, James H. Bradbeer (1842-1929), who arrived in Los Angeles from Cleveland, OH, in that year. Their partnership did not last long, as the Los Angeles County Directory, 1890, (p. 330) listed Bradbeer working on his own in the Wilson Block. It is likely that the two worked together for about one year, during 1888 and 1889. The two continued to work in tandem in 10/1889 on a school house project in La Liebre, Los Angeles County, CA. (See "Notice to Contractors,"Los Angeles Herald, vol. 33, no. 2, 10/13/1889, p. 5.)

Brown leased space at 121 South Broadway in 1890, and, three years later, he worked at 132 South Broadway. (See Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1890, p. 178 andLos Angeles City Directory of 1893, p. 856.) In 1894, he operated in Rooms #515, 516 and 517 in the new Stimson Building in Downtown Los Angeles." (See "C.H. Brown advertisement," Los Angeles Herald, vol. 42, no. 76, 06/26/1894, p. 6.)

From at least 1907 through 1910, Carroll Brown had an office at 256 South Spring Street, Room #515. (See Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1907, p. 1651 and Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1910, p. 220.)

Duing the mid-to-late 1910s, Brown continued to be listed in the Los Angeles City Diretory; in the directory of 1914, he maintained his office at 129 West 3rd Street, Room #515. He moved to Room #420 by 1917. (See Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1914, p. 629, and Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1917, p. 436.)

Brown retired sometime during the 1918-1920 period, probably due to the dearth of private work during World War I. He was listed in the 1918 Los Angeles City Directoryoperating at 224 South Spring Street in Los Angeles, Room #534. There was no directory in 1919, due to World War I, but Carroll Brown was not listed in the 1930 edition.



Born in Champaign, IL, Brown resided with his family on a farm near Seneca Falls, NY, in 1870. His father operated the farm, then valued at $6,000. Charles indicated on the US Census form of 1870, that he had a personal worth of $500. (See, Source Citation Year: 1870; Census Place: Seneca Falls, Seneca, New York; Roll: M593_1093; Page: 251A; Image: 364995; Family History Library Film: 552592, accessed 12/20/2016.) He lived with his family in Brooklyn, NY, at age five. (See, Source Information: New York, State Census, 1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014, accessed 12/20/2016.)

The family lived in OH by about 1865, and in MI by 1869, judging from the birthplaces listed for his siblings Louis and Edgar, respectively, in the 1870 and 1880 US Censuses. While Edgar had been born in MI in 1869, by 1870, they had returned to reside in Seneca Falls, NY.

From at least 1875 until 1880, Carroll lived in Auburn, NY, in 1880, where he worked as a carpenter's apprentice. (See, Source Citation Year: 1880; Census Place: Auburn, Cayuga, New York; Roll: 813; Family History Film: 1254813; Page: 227C; Enumeration District: 003; Image: 0218, accessed 12/20/2016.) His family lived at 19 Grover Street in Cayuga as per the 1880 US Census. The household included his parents Charles and Augusta, siblings, Louis R. Brown, Edgar D. Brown, Amelia Brown, and Guernsey Brown and a servant, Anna Murphy (born c. 1856 in Ireland).

Brown moved to Los Angeles by 1884, toward the beginning of a real estate boom in the city. From at least 1884 until 1888, he lived at 725 Fort Street. (See Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1884, p. 72,Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1886, p. 26 and See, Source Citation California State Library; Sacramento, California; Great Registers, 1888; Collection Number: 4-2A; CSL Roll Number: 20; FHL Roll Number: 977994, accessed 11/28/2023.)

Brown got married in Cleveland, OH, on 10/25/1890. The architect and his wife resided at 1038 West 24th Street in Los Angeles, CA, in 1896.

The US Census of 1900 indicated that Brown, his wife and two children lived on Sierra Madre Villa Avenue in the southeast Pasadena neighborhood of Lamanda Park, and they continued to live there until the end of his life. (See Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1909, p. 207 andLos Angeles, California, City Directory, 1914, p. 629.) The 1908 Los Angeles City Directory indicated that Brown resided at 1138 West 29th Street in Los Angeles. (See Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1908, p. 215.)

In 1920, the year of his death, he, his wife and 22-year-old son resided on Sierra Villa in this section of Pasadena. They also retained a servant, David Mayes (or Mayer) (born c. 1856 in KY). (See, Source Citation Year: 1920; Census Place: Pasadena, Los Angeles, California; Roll: T625_117; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 498; Image: 104, accessed 12/19/2016.)


Carrol Herkimer Brown was the eldest child of Charles G. and Augusta Crane Brown (born 01/1836). Charles Brown did a number of different occupations and moved his family to a variety of locations during his life. As a young man of 24, he worked as a railroad engineer, and owned about $1,000 worth of real estate and a $500 personal fortune in 1860. (See, Source Citation Year: 1860; Census Place: Champaign, Champaign, Illinois; Roll: M653_160; Page: 640; Image: 641; Family History Library Film: 803160, accessed 12/19/2016.) According to the 1865 New York State Census, Charles Brown worked as a mason in Brooklyn, and Augusta managed the household. The 1875 New York State Census located the Browns in Auburn, where Charles worked as a master machinist.for a railroad In Auburn; in Auburn, the family enjoyed some prosperity, living in a brick residence worth $4,000 and maintaining a single domestic servant, Maria Gogherty (born c. 1859 in NY). (See, Source Information New York, State Census, 1875 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013, accessed 12/19/2016.) The 1880 US Census did not record an occupation for Charles, and by 1900, he was deceased.

Carroll's siblings included Louis R. (born c. 1864 in OH), Edgar (born c. 1868 in MI), Amelia C. Brown Wylie (1873-1947) and Guernsey Smith (1878-1960).


He married Francis E. Groff (born 01/1862 in OH) on 10/25/1890 in Cuyahoga County, OH. She was known as "Fannie" earlier in her life. (See, Source Citation Cuyahoga County Archive; Cleveland, Ohio; Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Marriage Records, 1810-1973; Volume: Vol 35-36; Page: 108; Year Range: 1890 Sep - 1892 Sep, accessed 11/28/2023.)


In 1900, Carroll and his wife, Francis, had two children, a daughter, Dorothy G. Brown Thornburg (1891-1979) and Groff Sutherland (1897-1970). (See, Source Citation Year: 1900; Census Place: Pasadena, Los Angeles, California; Roll: 91; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 0112; FHL microfilm: 1240091, accessed 12/20/2016.)

Biographical Notes

At age 38, Brown stood 5-feet, 9-and-onee-half inches tall, had a fair complexion, gray eyes and dark hair. (See, Source Citation California State Library, California History Section; Great Registers, 1866-1898; Collection Number: 4 - 2A; CSL Roll Number: 21; FHL Roll Number: 976930, accessed 12/19/2016.)

Associated Locations

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

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

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