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Male, born 1912-07-08, died 2007-05-25

Associated with the firms network

Dailey, Gardner A., Architect; Kitchen and Hunt, Architects; Roller, Albert F., Architect

Professional History


Designer/Landscape Architect, Norman Bel Geddes, Designer, New York, NY, 1938-1939. Kitchen worked in Norman Bel Geddes's Office while the General Motors Pavilion at the New York World's Fair was being designed. He contributed to its architecture and landscape architecture.

Draftsman, Gardner A. Dailey, Architect, San Francisco, CA, 1939-1941.

Associate Project Planner, Federal Public Housing Agency, San Francisco, CA, 1941-1942.

Lieutenant, U.S. Naval Reserve, 1942-1945.

Designer/Landscape Architect, Albert F. Roller, Architect, San Francisco, CA, 1945- 1948.

Partner, Kitchen and [Frank Bouldin] Hunt, Architects, San Francisco, CA, 1948- . The firm had an office at 20 Hawthorne Street in San Francisco, CA, in 1970. At this time, other partners of the firm included: Olof Carl Malmquist, Jr., Jordan DeBard Hall, Douglas Aflan Low, and Winfield Radsell Hyde. (See "Kitchen, R.S.," American Architects Directory, 1970, John F. Gane, ed., [New York: R.R. Bowker Company, 1970], p. 495.)

Professional Activities

When surveyed in 1955, Kitchen reported being a Registered Architect in the States of CA and NV.

in 1955, he also indicated that he had traveled in Italy, Greece, Germany, Egypt, Palestine, France, England, Holland, Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden. Kitchen came back from a European trip in 09/1938, sailing on 09/01/1938 from Stockholm, Sweden, via the Kungsholm, arriving in New York, NY, on 09/10/1938. He listed his home address as "830 Manhattan Avenue, Dayton, OH."

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Northern California Chapter, San Francisco, CA, 1948- .

Chairman, AIA, Architect Relations Committee, Northern California Chapter, San Francisco, CA, 1953.

Director, AIA, Northern California Chapter, 1954.

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1964.



B.Arch., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1935.

B. Landscape Arch., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1936. Kitchen was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity at Cornell.

College Awards

Elected to Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Elected to Gargoyle Honor Society, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Fellow, American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy, 1938.



In 1930, Kitchen lived with four other members of his family at 830 Manhattan Avenue, Dayton, OH; they owned their house, valued at $10,000.

In 1970, Kitchen resided at 618 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA. (See "Kitchen, R.S.," American Architects Directory, 1970, John F. Gane, ed., [New York: R.R. Bowker Company, 1970], p. 495.)

Kitchen's last address was in the 92056 zip code of Oceanside, San Diego, CA.


His father was Wesley E. Kitchen (born c. 1871 in WV), who worked as a bakery salesman in 1920 and a bakery supervisor in 1930. Wesley's parents had also come from WV.

His mother was Lottie Kitchen (born c. 1878 in OH), a housewife. Her father came from PA, her mother, OH.

The Kitchens had six children in total: Lyvirgia K. [Mee] (born 08/03/1898 in OH-08/09/2000 in FL), William (born c. 1901 in OH), Joseph (born c. 1905 in OH), Elinore (or Eleanor) (born c. 1908 in OH) and Robert, and Dorothy (born 03/1915 in OH, died before 1930). In 1920, Lyvirgia worked as a stenographer at a railway company;

According to the U.S. Census of 1930, Joseph worked as a budget manager in a bakery (perhaps the same one as his father) and Elinore, at age 21 in 1930, worked as a stenographer in an architect's office.


Kitchen married twice, the first time in 1939 and had 1 child with his first wife.

He wed in 1950 and had 2 children with his second spouse.

Biographical Notes

SSN: 059-14-3973.

Associated Locations

  • Dayton, OH (Architect's Birth)
    Dayton, OH

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PCAD id: 5543