Male, US, born 1927-06-09, died 2005-03-01

Associated with the firms network

Espinosa, Lowe, Lyman and Zimmerman, Associated Architects; Lyman, Frederic P., Architect; Neutra and Alexander, Architects

Professional History


Military service, United States Navy (USN), c. 1945.

Carpenter's apprentice, construction company, Seattle, WA, 1953-1954.

Draftsman, Grant, Copeland, Chervenak, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1954-1955.

Architect, Neutra and Alexander, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, 1955-1957.

Associate, Espinoza, Lowe, Lyman and Zimmerman, Associated Architects, West Hollywood, CA, 1957-1963. This firm operated in Rudolph Schindler and Clyde Chace's fabled King's Road House in West Hollywood.

Principal, Community Design Associates, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1963.

Principal, Frederic P. Lyman, Architect, Malibu, CA, c. 1964-1978.

Professional Activities

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Los Angeles Chapter.

President, AIA, Los Angeles Chapter.

Lyman became a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Board of Directors in 01/1985.


Lyman's papers were given by his wife, Kate, to the Getty Research Insititute in 2011. The collection is known as the "Frederic Lyman papers, 1923-2001," The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA, Accession no. 2011.M.31. The papers were divided into two series: Series I. 48 architectural projects, 1956-2001 and Series II. Miscellaneous professional and personal papers, circa 1923-1975, undated. The collection consists of110.5 Linear Feet (21 boxes, 108 flatfile folders, and 11 boxed rolls).


High School/College

Graduate, Lakeside School, Seattle, WA, 1945.

B.A., Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1950.

M.Arch., Yale University, School of Architecture, New Haven, CT, 1953.



Born in Kansas City, MO, Frederic P. Lyman, III, lived with his parents in a $60-per-month rented house at 416 Houston Street in Kansas City, MO, in 1930. At the time, the family employed a young woman, Mary A. Alcorn, (born c. 1911 in MO), as a household servant.

Frederic's father died prematurely at age 33 in 1933, and his mother remarried Frederick Watson Ingham (born 07/09/1902 in Sabetha, KS-d. 1987). His family relocated to Vancouver, BC., Canada, during the 1930s, where his half-sister, Laura, was born c. 1938. They moved to the La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego, CA, in 1940, according to that year's US Census, where they lived at 1125 Coast Boulevard. The household included Frederic, his two parents, his young half-sister, Laura, and a servant, Floret L. Cantrill, (born c. 1914 in Canada). As noted in the 1940 US Census, Frederick Ingham worked as the treasurer for a saw mill in the San Diego area. (See, Source Citation: Year: 1940; Census Place: San Diego, San Diego, California; Roll: m-t0627-00447; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 62-3, accessed 08/17/2020.)

By the very early 1940s, Frederic's step-father and mother moved to Seattle, WA, where Frederick Ingham worked at Smith Wood Products Company. The family had a house at 1212 39th Avenue North in Seattle. (See, Source Citation: The National Archives in St. Louis, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri; WWII Draft Registration Cards for Washington, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 84, accessed 08/17/2020.) Frederic Lyman attended the Lakeside School, graduating in 1945, and enlisted in the US Navy during World War II.

After his naval service, the architect attended Yale University in New Haven, CT. His maternal grandfather graduated with the Yale class of 1880, where he was a notable student and member of the elite Skull and Bones Society. (He also studied at the Yale Divinity School in 1880-1882.) These legacy connections likely eased his way into highly competitive Yale, where he earned both bachelor's and master's degrees in architecture.

Between 1956 and 1958, at least, he leased an apartment at 1752 Lucretia Avenue in Los Angeles, CA, in 1956. (See, Source Citation: California State Library; Sacramento, California; Great Register of Voters, 1900-1968, accessed 08/17/2020.)

According to CA voter records, Lyman resided in a Spanish Colonial Revival apartment building at 1330 North Harper Avenue, West Hollywood, CA, in 1960 and 1962. (See, Source Citation: California State Library; Sacramento, California; Great Register of Voters, 1900-1968, accessed 08/17/2020.)

He designed and lived in a significant house in Malibu, CA, during the period between 1964 and 1978. This well-publicized dwelling served as a residence and an office for him, until he decided to purchase a 1,000-acre farm in Minnesota in 1978. He moved back to the Midwest with the idea of starting a design school on the property.

He lived in the Midwest but also seems to have maintained a place in Los Angeles. His mother's obituary that appeared in the Kansas City Star of 11/25/1992, referred to him as "Frederic P. Lyman III, Los Angeles."

By 2000, he relocated to the art colony of Taos, NM, where he painted during the last five years of his life. He was buried in Green Ridge Cemetery, Kenosha, WI.


His father, Frederic P. Lyman, Jr., (born 04/13/1900 in MO-d. 08/1933), worked as an architectural designer and builder, according the 1930 US Census. According to one source, he studied civil engineering at Cornell University for two years. (See Find a, “Rev. Sidney Catlin Partridge,” accessed 08/17/2020.) An archivist at the Getty Research Institute has indicated that Frederic P. Lyman, Jr., was a Kansas City "architect specializing in French Provincial style residential work." (See Getty Research, "Frederic Lyman papers, 1923-2001," Accession no. 2011.M.31, accessed 08/17/2020.)

His mother, Amalia Lucy Ortwed Partridge, (born 08/28/1904 in CA-d. 11/21/1992 in Seattle, WA), managed the household in 1930. She was the daughter of Rev. Sidney Catlin Partridge, a Yale-educated Episcopalian minister, who served during the 1880s as a missionary in China, and his second wife, Agnes Laura Louise Simpson (1877-1954). In 1900, he was ordained the first missionary Bishop of Japan, where he served between 1900 and 1911, when he was installed on 06/27/1911 as Bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City, (later renamed the Diocese of West Missouri), in Kansas City, MO.

His mother volunteered in various Seattle charities had a lifetime interest in education. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Washington in 1962, at the age of 58.

His family included a half-sister, Laura Ingham Lundgren, and a half-brother, William P. Ingham.


He wed Katherine L. Starke on 12/14/1964 in Los Angeles County, CA. (See, Source Information: California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007, accessed 08/17/2020.)

They divorced in Los Angeles County in 06/1969. (See, Source Information: California, Divorce Index, 1966-1984 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007, accessed 08/17/2020.) This divorce may have been temporary, as his 2005 obituary listed Katherine as his wife. (See Seattle “Frederic Pomeroy Lyman III,” published 03/17/2005, accessed 08/17/2020.)

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