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Male, US, born 1886-08-20, died 1964-08-03

Associated with the firms network

Marsh, Smith and Powell, Architects; Rutherford and Smith, Associated Architects; Smith, David D., Architect

Professional History


Partner, Smith and [Francis D.] Rutherford, Architects;

Partner, Marsh, Smith, and Powell, Architects, Pasadena, CA.



Smith was born in Kentucky. David resided with his parents in the town of Versailles, KY,

His mother was the head of his family in 1910, and she was raising six children in what was then called "Ballona Township" now in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles. (See Source Citation Year: 1910; Census Place: Ballona, Los Angeles, California; Roll: T624_79; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 0009; FHL microfilm: 1374092, accessed 04/20/2017.)

He lived with his wife Winifred and daughter, Dorothea E. (born c. 1908 in MI) in a residence at 1346 Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica, CA, as per the 1930 US Census. This residence had an estimated value of $15,000 in 1930. (See Source Citation Year: 1930; Census Place: Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California; Roll: 174; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 1491; Image: 1028.0; FHL microfilm: 2339909, accessed 04/20/2017.)

In 1940, the US Census indicated that Smith lived with his wife in a $20,000 residence at 12310 Helena Drive in Los Angeles. (See Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California; Roll: T627_408; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 60-230, accessed 04/20/2017.)

Smith died in Los Angeles County, CA, at the age of 77. He and his wife were buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica, CA.


His father, James W. Smith (1838-1901), was 17 years older than his mother. In 1900, he worked as a cashier in a Versailles, KY, bank, a responsible position in the hierarchy. James married Viola McCorkle Smith (1856-1939) on 03/24/1881 in Anchorage, KY. (See Source Information Kentucky, County Marriages, 1783-1965 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016, accessed 04/20/2017.) As a young woman, she worked as a school teacher in Lawrenceburg, KY. (See Source Citation Year: 1880; Census Place: Lawrenceburg, Anderson, Kentucky; Roll: 401; Family History Film: 1254401; Page: 280A; Enumeration District: 001; Image: 0569, accessed 04/20/2017.) James died in 1901 in Versailles; following his death, Viola moved her family to the area nearby to Venice, CA.

James and Viola had four daughters and three sons; the children were: William W. (born c. 02/1882 in KY), Elizabeth Smith Hale (born c. 03/1884 in KY-08/1978 in San Diego, CA), David D., James W. (born 02/1889 in KY), Cordelia (born c. 08/1890 in KY), Jennie "Jane" Smith Feild (born c. 04/21/1894 in KY-d. 04/21/1975 in Orange County, CA), and Viola M., Jr., (born c. 12/1896 in KY).

Viola passed away in 1939 and was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Santa Monica, CA.


He wed Winifred R. Smith (1889-1962). She first married when she was 18, and had a daughter, Dorothea, (born c. 1908 in MI) from this earlier marriage. David married first at age 32, probably to Winifred. Her parents were both born in Northern Ireland.

Biographical Notes

SSN: 556-52-5246.

PCAD id: 1488