Male, US, born 1920-03-16, died 1998-10-21

Associated with the firm network

Buff, Straub, and Hensman, Architects

Professional History


Designer, Arthur B. Gallion, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1951; Gallion was the Dean of the Architecture School at the University of Southern California;

Partner, Buff, Straub and Hensman, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, 1954-1960;

Principal, Calvin C. Straub, Architect, Tempe, AZ, 1961-1988.


Lecturer in Architecture, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.

Professor of Architecture, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 1961-1988.

Professional Activities

Straub joined the American Institute of Architects in 1958; he was a member of the Central AZ Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1962.

When surveyed in 1970, Straub indicated that he was a Registered Architect in the States of CA and AZ;

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1969.


Straub's papers are located at the Arizona State University, Architecture and Environmental Design Library, Archives and Special Collections, Tempe, AZ;


B.Arch., University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 1943;



The US Census of 1940 reported that Calvin lived at home with his father, maternal grandmother, Martha C. Boone (born c. 1878 in GA) and brother in a residence at 455 Raymond Avenue in Pasadena, CA.

The Paadena, California, City Directory, 1947, (p. 812), noted that he and his wife lived at 2212 Mar Vista Avenue in Pasadena. In 1949, he and Sylvia lived at 2186 Mar Vista Avenue in Pasadena. (See Pasadena, California, City Directory, 1949, p. 909.) They moved to 1224 Sunny Oaks Circle in Altadena, CA, by 1951, and continued to live here in 1955. (See Pasadena, California, City Directory, 1951, p. 690 and Pasadena, California, City Directory, 1955, p. 709.)

His last address was at 5247 North Invergordon Road, Paradise Valley, AZ.


His father was Chester J. Straub (born c. 1893 in CO), who worked in 1940, as a salesman working in the aircraft industry. Calvin's mother died at an early age.

He had a brother, Jerry (born c. 1932 in CA), who was about 12 years younger than him.


He married Sylvia Gates (1920–1974), whose grandfather, William Day Gates (1852–1935), founded the American Terracotta Company (originally known as the Spring Valley Tile Works in 1881) that, by the early twentieth century, produced the famous Teco Ceramics line.


He and Sylvia had two daughters, Kristin (born 03/09/1947) and Katherine (born 11/24/1948).

Biographical Notes

Straub and his family sailed to Plymouth, England from New York, NY, arriving on 03/11/1959, aboard the S.S. Liberte of the CGT French Line. Straub, according to the ship's passenger manifest, intended on staying one week. Interestingly, sailing on the same ship to England, was the writer John Steinbeck (1902-1968), who was traveling to England for a stay of indefinite duration. It is not known if the Straubs got to meet the noted author. (See, Source Citation The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Board of Trade: Commercial and Statistical Department and successors: Inwards Passenger Lists.; Class: BT26; Piece: 1424; Item: 33, accessed 04/17/2018.)

SSN: 569-03-2808

Associated Locations

  • Macon, GA (Architect's Birth)
    Macon, GA

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