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Male, born 1907-04-15, died 2002-07-20

Associated with the firms network

Latta and Denney, Architects; Latta, S. Graham, Architect; Maston, Carl Louis, Architect; WED Enterprises, Carl W. Denney, Chief Architect

Professional History


Architect/Set Designer, Universal Pictures, Los Angeles, CA, 1930-1945.

Designer, Carl Maston, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, 1946.

Designer, S. Graham Latta, Architect, Glendale, CA, 1947-1950.

Partner, [S. Graham] Latta and Denney, Architects, Glendale, CA, 1950-1955.

Chief Architect, WED Enterprises, Anaheim, CA, 1955- . He joined Disney's development firm, WED Enterprises, just as Disneyland was opening on 07/17/1955; he designed two residences for Walt Disney, one in the desert at Smoke Tree, CA, and the other in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.


High School/College

Graduate, Glendale High School, Glendale, CA, c. 1925. In high school, Denney played on the varsity football, basketball and baseball teams in his junior and senior years. He was also a member of the "G" Club both years and a member of the Stage Crew his senior year. (See Glendale High School Yearbook, 1925, p. 47.)

B.Arch., University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, 1930.



Born in Philadelphia, PA, Carl W. Denney had roots in that city. His grandparents and father lived at 504 North Holly Street in Philadephia's 24th Ward in 1900, where they would remain until 1920, at least. (See, Source Citation Year: 1900; Census Place: Philadelphia Ward 24, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Page: 11; Enumeration District: 0570, accessed 04/26/2018.) In 1910, Charles Denney worked as a railroad clerk, supporting his wife, Emma, his mother, Rachel Morse Denney (born c. 1846 in NJ), and two children, sons Bruce and Carl. (See, Source Citation Year: 1910; Census Place: Philadelphia Ward 24, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Roll: T624_1398; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 0524; FHL microfilm: 1375411, accessed 04/26/2018.) The 1920 US Census reported that Denneys owned their house but paid a mortgage. (See, Source Citation Year: 1920; Census Place: Philadelphia Ward 24, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Roll: T625_1627; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 732, accessed 04/26/2018.)

The Denneys moved to CA, by at least 1924, during Carl's high school years. Carl graduated from Glendale High School in 1925, and matriculated at the University of Southern California (USC) from roughly 1925-1930. As a USC student, Denny lived at 2621 Menlo Avenue in 1930-1932.

Carl and his family resided at 8865 Saint Ives Drive in Los Angeles, CA, from at least 1938-1940. According to the US Census of 1940, the family owned this residence, worth approximately $7,500 at the time. (See, Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California; Roll: m-t0627-00404; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 60-173, accessed 04/26/2018.)

He owned a house at 1918 Diana Lane, Newport Beach, CA, from at least 1983-1997. (See, Source Information: U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010, accessed 04/26/2018.)


His father was Charles Nicholas Denney (born 05/08/1873-d. 10/20/1953 in Los Angeles, CA), his mother, Emma Harriette Grote (born 08/06/1881 in Philadelphia, PA). They wed in Philadelphia, PA, in 1902. Charles worked in various jobs during his life, but the 1900 and 1920 US Censuses indicated that his trade was a paper hanger. Emma managed the household that consisted of three boys, Bruce H. Denney (02/19/1904-11/24/1969), Carl and David Lloyd Denney (12/07/1917-03/10/1990).

Emma and Charles divorced in Dade County, FL, in 1945. She was 64 at the time. (See, Source Information: Florida, Divorce Index, 1927-2001 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005, , accessed 04/26/2018.)


He married Florence B MacLaughlin (03/07/1906-03/02/1991 in Newport Beach, CA) on 06/21/1934 in Los Angeles, CA. (See, Source Information: California, County Birth, Marriage, and Death Records, 1849-1980 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2017, accessed 04/26/2018.)


He and Florence had a son, Thomas, (born c. 1937 in Los Angeles, CA).

Biographical Notes

Denny was a registered Republican in 1930 and 1932. (See, Source Citation: California State Library; Sacramento, California; Great Register of Voters, 1900-1968, accessed 04/26/2018.)

SSN: 563-09-4336.

Associated Locations

PCAD id: 7833