Male, born 1905-11-27, died 1974-02-04

Associated with the firms network

Church, Thomas D. , Landscape Architect; Vaughan and Vaughan, Landscape Architects; Vaughan, H. Leland, Landscape Architect

Professional History


Partner, [Adele Wharton] Vaughan and Vaughan, Landscape Architects, Richmond, CA, 1937-1954.


Both of Leland Vaughan's parents were teachers, so he grew up in a family that valued learning.

Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Berkeley, CA, 1930-1969.

Professional Awards

The College of Environmental Design at the University of California instituted the "H. Leland Vaughan Prize" in Landscape Architecture in his honor.



B.L.Arch., The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 1929.

Fellow, Lake Forest Foundation, c. 1929.



Born in Alliance, OH, H. Leland Vaughan dwelled with his parents and two brothers and a sister on Franklin Road in Washington Township, OH, in 1910. There have been two places named "Washington Township" in OH, one in Montgomery County near Dayton, and the one where Leland lived in Stark County, just south of Alliance. Alliance conglomerated from three smaller towns--Williamsport, Freedom, and Alliance--on 06/09/1854, and gradually grew large enough to become incorporated on 1889. The city began from an agricultural base and developed a brick business in the 1860s, a furniture and casket business by the mid-1870s and steel companies during the 1880s and 1890s. Additionally, Alliance also had a seat of higher learning early on, Mount Union College, founded in 1858.

When the US Census was taken in 01/1920, Vaughan and his now four siblings on Fairmount Road in Washington Township. His family owned their own dwelling free and clear when the census was taken. (See, Source Citation Year: 1920; Census Place: Washington, Stark, Ohio; Roll: T625_1436; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 132, accessed 03/15/2022.)

Vaughan attended the Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus, OH.

He migrated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1930.

In 10/1940, Vaughan and his wife lived at 307 Western Drive in the Point Richmond neighborhood of Richmond, CA. A number of UC Berkeley professors, such as Mathurin Dondo (1884-1968), Professor of French Language and Literature, (at 215 Western Drive) lived in this waterfront enclave. Dondo's concrete block house was designed by architect William W. Wurster (1895-1973).

His last residence was in the 94801 zip code of Richmond, CA.


His parents wed on 06/27/1899 in Stark County, OH. (See, Source Information Ohio, U.S., County Marriage Records, 1774-1993 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016, accessed 03/15/2022.) According to the 1900 and 1910 US Censuses, his father James E. Vaughan (born 02/19/1870 in Mount Gilead, OH-d. 09/11/1947 in OH) worked as a school teacher in Alliance, OH. (The 1910 census indicated that he worked in a high school.) Alliance had only one high school, established in 1868. (See, Source Citation Year: 1900; Census Place: Alliance Ward 6, Stark, Ohio; Roll: 1322; Page: 18; Enumeration District: 0124; FHL microfilm: 1241322, accessed 03/15/2022 and Source Citation Year: 1910; Census Place: Washington, Stark, Ohio; Roll: T624_1232; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 0244; FHL microfilm: 1375245, accessed 03/15/2022.)

Ten years later, both of his parents worked in a local high school. His mother Frances Mary Harris (born 11/02/1875 in Alliance, OH-d. 09/25/1956 in OH) worked as a teacher, while her husband had become the school's principal. (See, Source Citation Year: 1920; Census Place: Washington, Stark, Ohio; Roll: T625_1436; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 132, accessed 03/15/2022.) They

His siblings included Arthur H. Vaughan, (born 1901-d. 12/29/1968 in OH), Mary Louise Vaughan Lee (born 04/04/1902 in Alliance, OH-d. 02/23/1990 in Lee County, FL), Curtis H. Vaghan (born 09/22/1908 in Alliance, OH-d. 08/20/1985 in Salem, OH) and James Robert Vaughan (born 03/25/1911 in Alliance, OH-d. 09/25/1989 in Humboldt County, CA).

In 1951, J. Robert Vaughan owned a home furnishings store in Redding, CA. (See Redding, California, City Directory, 1951, p. 215.)


H. Leland Vaughan married Adele Wharton (1910-1954) in 1937. An earlier version of this PCAD record mistakenly indicated that Leland and Adele remained married until her death. They separated in 1950 and divorced just before her death in 1954. (Thank you to Moses Vaughan, grandson of the landscape architect, for correcting this and other mistakes in the record. See email between Moses Vaughan and the author, 03/13/2022.)

Biographical Notes

He was nicknamed "Punk" Vaughan. His first name "Hollingsworth" was derived from the surname of his paternal grandmother, Hannah Hollingsworth ().

Vaughan traveled aboard the S.S. Franconia between Le Havre, France and New York, NY. He left Le Havre on 07/22/1932 and arrived in New York on 07/31/1932. (See, Source Citation Year: 1932; Arrival: New York, New York, USA; Microfilm Serial: T715, 1897-1957; Line: 25; Page Number: 58 Source Information New York, U.S., Arriving Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010, accessed 03/14/2022.)

At the Ohio State University, Vaughan studied with the landscape architect, Thomas Church, who taught there briefly before moving to San Francisco, CA.

According to this World War II draft registration card, Vaughan stood 5-feet, 11-inches tall and weighed 155 pounds. He was Caucasian with a dark complexion, brown eyes and brown hair. (See, Source Citation National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; WWII Draft Registration Cards for California, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 1860, accessed 03/14/2022.)

SSN: 559-58-3549.

PCAD id: 4014