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Male, born 1892-08-30, died 1976-09-12

Associated with the firms network

Allied Architects Association of Los Angeles (AAALA); Hunt and Chambers, Architects; Marston, Van Pelt and Maybury, Architects; Martin, Albert C., Sr., Architect; Nomland and McCray, Architects; Nomland and Nomland, Architects; Nomland, Kemper, AIA, Architect

Professional History


Draftsman, Aymar Embury II, Architect, New York, NY, 1916-1917; at this time, Embury's office was located at 132 Madison Avenue, New York.

Draftsman, Albert C. Martin, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, 1922.

Chief Draftsman, Marston, Van Pelt and Maybury, Architects, Pasadena, CA, 1923-1925.

Draftsman, Austin, Martin and Parkinson, (Allied Architects Association of Los Angeles), work on the Los Angeles City Hall, 1926-1927.

Partner, Nomland and McCray, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, 1927- ; Nomland and William McCray formed an architectural association c. 10/1927, with an office in the Braly Building in Downtown Los Angeles. (See "Personals," Architect and Engineer, 11/1927, p. 107.)

Principal, Kemper Nomland, AIA, Architect, Pasadena, CA, 1928- .

Principal, Kemper Nomland, AIA, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, 1933. Nomland had an office at 816 West 5th Street, Room #615. (See Los Angeles, CA, City Directory, 1933, p. 2480.) Nomland reported in the 1940 US Census that he worked in his own office.

Designer, Hunt and Chambers, Architects, Pasadena, CA, 1942-1944.

Principal, Kemper Nomland, AIA, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, 1956. Nomland's office was located at 501 South Boylston Street in Los Angeles in 1956. (See Pasadena, California, City Directory, 1956, p. 558.)

Professional Activities

When surveyed in 1955, Nomland indicated that he was a Registered Architect in the State of California.



Coursework, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, 1910-1912.

B. Arch., Columbia University, New York, NY, 1916. The 1940 US Census indicated that Nomland had completed six years of college.



In 1900, the Nomland Family lived outside Buxton, ND, on a farm; the farm had one servant, Minnie Olson, and a boarder, Wilhelm Johnson, also Norwegian. (See, Source Citation Year: 1900; Census Place: Buxton, Traill, North Dakota; Page: 4; Enumeration District: 0185; FHL microfilm: 1241233, accessed 08/06/2019.)

His family had relocated to Grand Forks, ND, by 1910, according to the US Census. They had a farmhouse at 871 Belmont Avenue. (See, Source Citation Year: 1910; Census Place: Grand Forks Ward 1, Grand Forks, North Dakota; Roll: T624_1142; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 0097; FHL microfilm: 1375155, accessed 08/06/2019.)

In 06/1917, Nomland indicated on his draft registration card an address of 510 West 123rd Street, New York, NY. He continued to live at this address when he applied for a US passport to travel to Cuba on 09/17/1917.

Nomland had moved to Pasadena, CA, by 1924, where he lived at 330 Henrietta Court. (See Pasadena, California, City Directory, 1924, p. 439.)

Nomland and his family resided at 2132 Navarro Avenue in Pasadena, CA, from at least 1938 until 1940. (See Pasadena, California, City Directory, 1938, p. 466 and, Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: Pasadena, Los Angeles, California; Roll: m-t0627-00243; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 19-522, accessed 08/05/2019.) According to the census, the house had a value of $5,000 in 1940, slightly more than others in the immediate neighborhood.

Nomland had a home at 711 South San Rafael Avenue from at least 1949 until 1959. (See Pasadena, California, City Directory, 1949, p. 699 and Pasadena, California, City Directory, 1959, p. 484.)


His father, Knud (sometimes written "Knut") Nomland, (born 10/16/1852 in Brokke, Norway-d. 02/10/1922 in Buxton, ND), was a farmer near Buxton, ND in 1900 and, by 1910, in Grand Forks, ND. Buxton was located about 26 miles south of Grand Forks.

Knud immigrated to the U.S. in 1859 and lived in both Iowa and North Dakota between 1859 and 1922. Knud was naturalized before 1900; Kemper's marriage license identified his mother as "Mary N. Knudson." (See, Source Information Montana, County Marriage Records, 1865-1993 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016, accessed 08/06/2019.)

Other records indicated that his mother (or step-mother) was Sigrid N. Knudsen, born 05/12/1867 in either IA or WI, of Norwegian parents. Sigrid was identified as "Sarah Nomland" in the 1910 US Census. It is possible that Sigrid went by multiple different names during her life, including the more Anglicized Mary and Sarah.

Kemper's parents married c. 1887, and had 4 children together, all sons: Julian, (born 08/1888); Kemper, Harald (born 01/1897 in ND) and Ruben (born 03/1899 in ND).


Nomland married Elgie Barrington (born 12/16/1892 in Grand Forks, ND-d. 02/02/1966 in Los Angeles County, CA) in Cut Bank, MT, on 06/16/1915. (See, Source Citation Montana State Historical Society; Helena, Montana; Montana, County Marriages, 1865-1950, accessed 08/05/2019.)

Elgie's parents were Fred Barrington and Alice Ransier.


In 1955, Nomland indicated that he had had 2 children, Kemper Nomland, Jr. (born 05/08/1919-d. 12/25/2009) and John Barrington Nomland (born 10/28/1923 in Pasadena, CA- d. 03/25/1999 in Los Angeles, CA).

Kemper Nomland, Jr., became an architect who worked with his father in a Los Angeles practice. John Nomland became a librarian. (An earlier version of PCAD indicated that John Nomland became a physician. He actually worked as a librarian. Thank you to Erika Nomland Cilengir, granddaughter of Kemper Nomland, Sr., for the correct information. See email Erika Nomland Cilengir to the author, 02/17/2020.)

Biographical Notes

Kemper and Elgie Nomland traveled to Cuba via Key West, FL, in late 1917. Oddly, the purpose Nomland wrote on his US passport application for traveleing to Cuba was "business--mining." (See, Source Citation National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington D.C.; Roll #: 401; Volume #: Roll 0401 - Certificates: 64901-65200, 08 Sep 1917-10 Sep 1917, accessed 08/06/2019.)

Nomland traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1947. (See, Source Information Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016, accessed 08/06/2019.)

SSN: 563205788.

Associated Locations

  • Buxton, ND (Architect's Birth)
    Buxton, ND

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PCAD id: 5402