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Male, born 1885-10-20, died 1963-12-03

Associated with the firms network

Cullimore, Clarence, Architect; Symmes and Cullimore, Architects

Professional History


Principal, Clarence Cullimore, Architect, Bakersfield, CA. He has been credited with designing more than 100 buildings, primarily in the Bakersfield area but also across CA. He assisted with the reconstruction of Long Beach, CA, following its Earthquake of 1933.


Head of Drafting Department, Kern County Union High School, 1910- ; Architect/Instructor, Bakersfield College, Bakersfield, CA; in 1940, Cullimore had taught architectural drawing at the college and high school levels.

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA).



B.S., University of California, Berkeley. (UCB), Berkeley, CA, 1910.



Born in Jacksonville, IL, Cullimore lived there through at least 1900. His father had died prematurely when Clarence was about 14. Shortly after his father's death, he, his mother and brother lodged in a rooming house at 1123 West State Street owned by Catherine Dewey (born 03/1832 in VT). He relocated to CA sometime between 1900-1910. While attending the University of California, Berkeley in 1910, he lived in a rooming house at 2412 Channing Street in Berkeley. Cullimore lived at 1331 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield, CA, in 06/1917. From at least 1930 into the 1950s, Clarence, his wife and son lived at 10 Oleander Avenue (near 1st Street), Bakersfield, in a residence that they owned. It had a value of $6,000, comparable to other dwellings in the vicinity. The family had enough income to pay an eighteen-year-old housemaid, Ethel Lagore (born in MI). By 1940, the Oleander Avenue house had increased in value to a sizable $17,000, perhaps due to improvements. The household included a maid, Ruth J. Hale (born c. 1920 in AR) and a lodger, Cliff Anderson, (born c. 1910 in MN).


His parents were Thomas McIntyre Cullimore (1849-1899) and Mary Pearce Joy Cullimore (09/1857-1950). Both parents came from IL. Mary had had 4 children, only two of whom were alive in 1900. He had a brother, Reginald (born 03/1884), who lived with the family in Jacksonville, IL, in 1900.


He married Rosemary Thelen (born c. 1895 in IA). Her parents were German-born.


He and Rosemary had a son, Clarence Cullimore, Jr., (born 04/12/1926 in CA) who also became an architect, and a daughter, Joan J. Cullimore (born c. 1930 in CA).

Biographical Notes

Clarence Cullimore, Sr., was described at age 32 as being of medium height and build, with brown hair and brown eyes. In 1930, he and Rosemary traveled to Europe, their listed destination having been Paris, France; they traveled on the Atlantic Transport Line ship, S.S. Minnekahda, returning to New York from London on 06/10/1930. He authored numerous books on adobe construction and its reinforcement, making him one of the leading experts on the subject in California. He published a group of architectural articles in the Los Angeles Times beginning in 1946.

Associated Locations

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

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  • Cincinnati, OH (Architect's Death)
    Cincinnati, OH

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