Male, US, born 1876-07-25, died 1961-02-22

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Tyler, Frank M., Architect

Professional History


The 1900 US Census indicated that Frank Tyler was already working as an architect at age 23 in Los Angeles. (See, Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Los Angeles Ward 3, Los Angeles, California; Roll: 89; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 0033; FHL microfilm: 1240089, accessed 10/07/2015.)

Principal, Frank Tyler, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1900- . In 1903, Tyler occupied Room #206 in the Laughlin Building. (See Los Angeles Classified Business Directory, 1903, p. 1705.) By 1917, his office was located in Room #406 in Los Angeles's Hibernian Building. It appears that Tyler worked as an architect in San Luis Obispo later in life, as well.



Born in KS, Frank Tyler was reared during early childhood there. His father, Marcus Stickney Tyler, a Civil War veteran from Lockport, NY, had moved to Manhattan, KS, with his wife, Lydia, by 1870. He worked as a lumber merchant in Manhattan, and was financially stable; the census form recorded the family owning $1,800 worth of real estate and a substantial $9,000 in personal assets. (See, Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Manhattan, Riley, Kansas; Roll: M593_441; Page: 527B; Image: 387; Family History Library Film: 545940, accessed 10/07/2015.) He continued to work as a merchant during Frank's formative years. The year after Frank's birth in 1877, Marcus Tyler was a dealer in "lumber, hardware and agricultural implements" on Front Street in Wamego, KS, a small town located in the state's center on a bend of the Kansas River; he and his family lived on Vine Street in the same town. (See "Wamego," Emporia, KS, City Directory, 1877, p. 8.)

Frank Tyler moved to Los Angeles, CA, with his family between 1878 and 1888. In 1900, he lived with his parents and two brothers at 516 Bonnie Brae Street in Los Angeles. Ten years later, he lived with his in-laws, John (born c. 1855 in OH) and Becky Stump Burkhart (born c. 1858 in PA), at 1817 Oxford Street in Los Angeles. The household consisted of the Burkharts, their son, Harry (born c. 1882 in IN), and their daughter (Frank's wife), Lillian. Lillian's grandfather, William H. Burkhart (born c. 1832 in PA) lived in the dwelling, too, as did an Italian-American housekeeper, Julia Del Vescoso (born c. 1854 in Italy.). Finally, Frank and Lillian's two sons, Donald and Walter, rounded out the multi-generational household. (See, Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Los Angeles Assembly District 72, Los Angeles, California; Roll: T624_82; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 0209; FHL microfilm: 1374095,accessed 10/07/2015.)

By 1917, he and Lillian had moved to 3403 Casitas Avenue in Los Angeles. (See, Source Citation: Registration State: California; Registration County: Los Angeles; Roll: 1530908; Draft Board: 15, accessed 10/07/2015.) The 1920 US Census indicated that they continued to live at 3403 Casitas Avenue, but his father and mother-in-law, aged 61 and 59 respectively, lived with them. (See, Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Los Angeles Assembly District 63, Los Angeles, California; Roll: T625_107; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 198; Image: 844, accessed 10/07/2015.)

The 1930 and 1940 US Censuses indicated that Tyler and his wife, Lillian, resided in the same house at 1002 Longwood Avenue. In 1930, their son, Walter, still lived at home, but had left by 1940. The 1940 Census noted that the Tylers owned their residence, worth about $8,000. (See See, Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California; Roll: 136; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 0100; Image: 233.0; FHL microfilm: 2339871, accessed 10/07/2015 and, Source Citation: Year: 1940; Census Place: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California; Roll: T627_406; Page: 65A; Enumeration District: 60-865, accessed 10/07/2015.) The San Luis Obispo City Directory of 1958 indicated that Frank and Lillian lived at 8340 Curbaril Avenue in San Luis Obispo. (See San Luis Obispo City Directory, 1958, p. 593.)

Tyler passed away in San Luis Obispo County and was buried in the Atascadero Pine Mountain Cemetery, Atascadero, CA.


Frank Tyler's father was Marcus S. Tyler (born 07/25/1846 in NY-died 10/28/1928 in CA) and his mother, Lydia F. Wisner (born 12/1849 in IL). They married c. 1869, and had six children, four of whom lived past 1900. This included at least three sons, Frank, Bernard (born 07/1878 in KS) and Arthur W. Tyler (born 02/1888 in CA). Two other children were listed in the 1870 US Census, a son, Walter (born c. 1869 in KS), and a daughter, Florence (born c. 1872 in KS). In 1900, Marcus Tyler was involved in real estate sales. Before that, he operated the Western Lumber Company between at least 1883 and 1885 in Room #41 of the Sheidley Building in Kansas City, MO. The Tylers resided at 613 Forest Avenue in Kansas City in 1883 and 910 Penn Street in the same city two years later.


Tyler married Lillian Burkhart (born 02/04/1879 in IN-died 12/06/1969 in CA) c. 1904. (See the California Death Index, accessed 10/07/2015.) Both Frank and Lillian lived long lives (84 and 90, respectively) and died in San Luis Obispo County, CA.


He and Lillian had two sons, Donald (born c. 1905 in CA) and Walter Harry Tyler (born 1909 in CA-died 1990).

Biographical Notes

Tyler's World War I Registration Card of 09/12/1918, described him as of medium height and build, with brown eyes and hair. (See, Source Citation: Registration State: California; Registration County: Los Angeles; Roll: 1530908; Draft Board: 15, accessed 10/07/2015.)

PCAD id: 200