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Male, US, born 1874-09-19, died 1873-10-08

Associated with the firms network

Kistner and Curtis, Architects; Kistner and Durfee, Associated Architects; Kistner, Curtis and Foster, Architects; Kistner, Curtis and Wright, Architects; Kistner, Theodore C., Architect; Kistner, Wright, and Wright, Architects

Professional History


Principal, T.C. Kistner, Architect, San Diego, CA, 1911-1933. Early in his career, Kistner developed a specialty designing school buildings. In 10/1923, Kistner, moved his office from Office #307 in the Bancroft Building to Office #537 in the Spreckels Building. (See "Personals," American Architect-Architectural Review, vol. CXXIV no. 2432, 11/07/1923, p. 12.)

Partner, Kistner and Curtis, Architect, San Diego, CA, 1933-1941. Kistner also had an office operating in Los Angeles, CA, in 10/1940. Kistner's Los Angeles office occupied Room #412 in the Architects' Building, 5th and Figueroa Streets, in Los Angeles at this time.

Partner, Kistner and Wright, Architects, San Diego, CA, 1941-1952.

Partner, Kistner, (H.F.) Wright and (W.T.) Wright, Architects, San Diego, CA, 1952- ;

Partner, Kistner, Curtis and Foster, San Diego, CA, 1952- . Kistner was a partner in two firms simultaneously.

Professional Activities

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Southern California Chapter, 1956.


B.S., School of Architecture, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL, 1897.



Born in Carlinville, IL, Kistner owned a residence at 4428 Narragansett Avenue in San Diego, CA, in 1930. His house, according to the US Census of that year, had a value of $5,500.

The architect died in San Diego County, CA, at the age of 99; his last residence was in the 92037 zip code of La Jolla, CA.


Kistner married in 1916. His wife Alice H. Kistner (born c. 1893 in KS) was about 23 when she wed the architect. Her father came from MI, her mother IA. In 1930, Alice worked as the bookkeeper in the Kistner architectural office.


When surveyed in 1956, he reported having had four children, three daughters and a son: Fredericka (born c. 1918 in CA), Theodore, Jr., (born c. 1920 in CA), Constance A. (born c. 1923 in CA) and Katherine (born c. 1926 in CA).

Biographical Notes

SSN: 553-10-1612.

Associated Locations

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

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PCAD id: 671