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Male, Germany/US, born 1861-10, died 1933-07-16

Associated with the firms network

Capitain and Krempel, Architects; Krempel and Erkes, Architects; Krempel, John Paul, Architect

Professional History


Draftsman, Capitain and Burton, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1888-1890; (See Source Information Los Angeles, California City Directories, 1888-90 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000, accessed 08/18/2016.) Draftsman, Frank J. Capitain, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, 1890- ; (See the Los Angeles City Directory and Gazetteer of Southern California, 1892, p. 319.)

Partner, Capitain and Krempel, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1896. In 1896, Capitain and Krempel had their architectural office in the Phillips Block #1, Rooms #63-64, at 13 North Spring Street. (See Maxwell's Los Angeles Directory, 1896, p. 353.)

Principal, John P. Krempel, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, 1894-1911; in 1903, Krempel had his office in Rooms #415-416 of the Henne Building. (See Los Angeles Classified Business Directory, 1903, p. 1705.)

Partner, Krempel and [Walter] Erkes, Los Angeles, CA, 1911-1933.

Professional Activities

Krempel was appointed to the California State Board of Architectural Examiners in 1909, at a time when architectural training was emphasized after the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake; he acted as President California State Board of Architecture, Southern District, from at least 1913-1917, and remained a member until 1933. In 1917, he served as the President working with Frederick H. Roehrig, Secretary-Treasurer, and members Octavius Morgan, Sumner P. Hunt and William S. Hebbard. (See Architect and Engineer of California, vol. XLIX, no. 2, 05/1917, p. 106.)



Krempel trained in architecture in Berlin, Germany.



John Paul Krempel spent his youth in the Rhineland-Palatinate town of Bad Kreuznach in Germany.Krempel was an early German-American architect in Los Angeles, working in the city during the boom years of the late 1880s; he came to the United States c. 1887, settling soon thereafter in Los Angeles, CA; he was naturalized in Los Angeles Superior Court on 03/26/1894.

In 1892, Krempel shared an abode with a family relation, (probably a brother), Christian Krempal (born c. 1857 in Germany), at 310 Jackson Street. Christian worked as a bill collector. (See Los Angeles City Directory and Gazetteer of Southern California, 1892, p. 319.)

The architect lived at 321 Crocker Street in Los Angeles in 1896, according to the California Voter Register. He lived with Christian, who worked as a barkeeper, an occupation often followed by recent immigrants in the 19th century. Christian was naturalized three years earlier than John Paul, on 09/21/1891 in Los Angeles. (See, Source Citation California State Library, California History Section; Great Registers, 1866-1898; Collection Number: 4 - 2A; CSL Roll Number: 22; FHL Roll Number: 976931, accessed 08/18/2016.) The 1900 US Census reported that John and his family lived at 459 3rd Street in Los Angeles. (See, Source Citation Year: 1900; Census Place: Los Angeles Ward 7, Los Angeles, California; Roll: 90; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 0069; FHL microfilm: 1240090, accessed 08/18/2016.)

Krempel, his wife and three children resided at 459 East 4th Street in Los Angeles in 1910. (See, Source Citation Year: 1910; Census Place: Los Angeles Assembly District 73, Los Angeles, California; Roll: T624_82; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 0157; FHL microfilm: 1374095, accessed 08/18/2016.)

In 1920, the architect and his family lived in their own residence at 1107 Arapahoe Street in Los Angeles, CA. They owned the house at this time. (See, Source Citation Year: 1920; Census Place: Los Angeles Assembly District 63, Los Angeles, California; Roll: T625_107; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 184; Image: 435, accessed 08/18/2016.)


He was married to Amelie (or Emily) Krempel (born 12/1873 in CA). She had been born in CA to German immigrant parents. Amelie, known as "Millie," was 14 years younger than her husband. They married c. 1896.


Amelie and John Krempel had three children: John Jacob "Jack" (born 11/22/1897 in CA), Paul (born c. 1900 in CA) and Lucille (born c. 1902 in CA.)

Biographical Notes

The 1892-1894 California Voter Register indicated that the 32-year-old was 5-feet 7-inches tall, with a light complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.

Krempel traveled back to his hometown of Bad Kreuznach, Germany, in 1922, leaving Hamburg on 10/03/1922 for New York aboard the Holland-America Line ship, Resolute. Amelie had died before 1922, as John Paul took this trip classified as a "witwer" (widower). (See, Source Citation Staatsarchiv Hamburg; Hamburg, Deutschland; Hamburger Passagierlisten; Microfilm No.: K_1844, accessed 08/18/2016.)

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