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Male, US, born 1873-03-18, died 1964-12-23

Associated with the firms network

Orr, Palmer, Inslee, Huber and Strange, Architects and Engineers; Orr, Robert Hall, Architect; Weeks, William H., Architect

Professional History


Draftsman, William H. Weeks, Architect, Salinas, CA, c. 1897-Fall 1898; Orr worked in Salinas for nearly two years without pay to gain architectural experience. In the fall of 1898, Weeks transferred Orr to work (for pay) in Weeks's Watsonville, CA, office. At this time, Orr worked with one other draftsman, Samuel Arnold.

Principal, Robert Hall Orr, Architect, Pomona, CA.

Principal, Robert Hall Orr, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, 1929. In 1929, Orr worked in an office at 724 South Spring Street, Room #1309. (See Los Angeles Directory Company’s Los Angeles City Directory, 1929, p. 2338.)

Professional Activity

Orr joined the Southern California Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1912. (See Thomas J. Holleman and Norman J. Johnston, A History and Directory of the College, [Washington, D.C.: American Institute of Architects Press, 1992], p. 128.)

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1941;



Born in English-speaking Canada, Orr, according to the US Census of 1930, immigrated to the US in 1881. He lived in Los Angeles, CA, with his wife, daughter and his father at 5022 Marathon Street. This Marathon Street residence had a value of $20,000. (Unlike many others by 1930, Orr's household did not own a radio.) Orr died in Los Angeles County, CA, at the age of 91.


His father was James Orr. His mother's maiden name was Graham.


He married Hilda E. Orr (born c. 1877 in KS) c. 1905.


He and Hilda had one daughter, Faith (born c. 1922 in CA).

Biographical Notes

SSN: 568-24-4656;

PCAD id: 874

1st Baptist Church, Sawtelle, Los Angeles, CALos AngelesCA
1st Christian Church, Long Beach, CA Long BeachCA
1st Christian Church, Redondo Beach, CARedondo BeachCA
1st Methodist Church #1, Upland, CA1912-1913UplandCA
1st Presbyterian Church, San Diego, CA1912-1913San DiegoCA
Bethel Congregational Church, Ontario, CAOntarioCA
Calvary Baptist Church, Pasadena, CA1925PasadenaCA
Chinese Christian Mission, San Francisco, CA1914San FranciscoCA
Church of the Bretheren, LaVerne CALaVerneCA
Claremont National Bank, Claremont, CA1912-1913ClaremontCA
Excelsior Union High School District, Excelsior Union High School #1, Norwalk, CA1911NorwalkCA
Glendale Christian Church, Glendale, CA1921
Griffith, A.P., Block, Azusa, CA1894AzusaCA
Hollywood Christian Church, Los Angeles, CA1922Los AngelesCA
Japanese Christian Church #1, Los Angeles, CALos AngelesCA
Massie Home for the Aged, Pasadena, CAPasadenaCA
Mount Olivet Church, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA1920Los AngelesCA
Oliver, Charles D., House, Pomona, CA1911PomonaCA
Pilgrim Congregational Church #2, Pomona, CA1911-1912PomonaCA
Pomona College, Cruikshank Hall of Zoology, Claremont, CAPomonaCA
Pomona Unified School District (PUSD), Kaufman Junior High School, Pomona, CAPomonaCA
Pomona Unified School District (PUSD), Pomona High School #2, Pomona, CA 1922-1923PomonaCA
Stimson, Thomas Douglas, Building, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA 1893Los AngelesCA
Wilshire Boulevard Christian Church, MacArthur Park, Los Angeles, CA1922-1923Los AngelesCA
Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), Downtown, Pomona, CA1920-1922PomonaCA
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