JOHN PORTER CLARK (1905-1991)
Clark was born in Pasadena CA. He trained at Cornell then moved back to Pasadena to work with Van Pelt and Lind and later Albert Frey from 1935-1937. Frey left and returned from NY to Palm Springs in 1939 to form a firm with Clark which lasted nearly twenty more years. At the end of World War II Palm Springs' population almost tripled, and the city experienced a building boom as an escape for Hollywood and a winter haven for east coast industrialists. The city became a resort community and Clark and Frey who were well-positioned to capitalize on this growth. Clark's best-known projects were collaborations with Frey on Palm Springs City Hall, Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, and Desert Hospital. He was the lead designer on Frey's Hamrick House, Welwood Murray Memorial Library, and the Church of St. Paul in the Desert. Many thanks to Catherine Westergaard Cramer for her research.
1934 - The Spencer Kellogg House and Studio, 321 West Vereda Sur, Palm Springs CA. Bottom two photos by Michael Locke.
1935 - The H. U. (Harry) Brandenstein Study, 287 East Morongo Road, Palm Springs CA. Clark designed the main house. Albert Frey designed an outdoor study which was situated away from the main house for privacy. The study contained two square rooms: one had a solid roof that creates an overhang and the other had a screened-in roof. Sold to Praeneste. Sold to Harold Bell. Sold to Steve Schmitt.
1936 - The Francis Crocker House, 330 West Arenas Road, Palm Springs CA. Address needs verification.
1937 - The Bacon L. Cliffton House, 669 Chino Canyon Road, Palm Springs CA. Sold in 1944 to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Nordell. Sold to Jerry and Nancy Korte.
1940 - The John and Francine Hamrick Speculative House, 926 West Panorama Road, Palm Springs CA. Sold in 1950 to B. C. Adams. Sold in 1953 to Fred Albertson. Sold in 2010 to Robert and Melissa Sutton. Photos by Michael Locke.
1942 - The Paul Hampton Dougherty House, 1860 North Vista Drive, Palm Springs CA. Built by contractor Alvan Hicks. Dougherty was a famous seascape painter. Sold in 1953 to William and Marjorie Edris. Sold in 1964 to Warren Magnuson, a senator from Washington state. Sold in 2008 to Michael Fleming and Luis Lavin. Designated a Palm Springs Historic Site in 2014. Photo by Michael Locke.
1945 - The Barney G. and Anna M. Johnson House, 667 East Mel Avenue, Palm Springs CA. The Johnsons operated Crystal Craig Lodge for 25 years. Mr. Johnson was one of the founders of the Sportsmen's Club and one of the developers of the High Sierras. Sold in 2006 to Esther Helen Lyon. Bottom photo by Michael Locke.
1945 - The Florian Boyd House, 216 West Vía Lola, Palm Springs CA. An addition was built in 1955, architect unknown. Sold in 1997 to Thomas Michael Johnson. Sold in 2018 to Russell Iadevaia, Samuel Goodrich, and Michael Adams.
1947 - The George F. and Marcia Barrett House, 1323 South Driftwood Drive, Palm Springs CA. Built by Joe Pawling. Sold in 1966 to William Holden. Sold in 1977 to Eugene Grace. Sold many more times. Sold in 2017 to Mark and Jane Garrison. Top photo by Michael Locke.
1955 - The Edward H. (Buddy) and Carolyn Morris Renovation, 650 North Vía Miraleste, Palm Springs CA. Original house built in 1939 for Stanley and Alice Guthrie. Interiors by Arthur Elrod.
1956 - The Culver and Sallie Nichols House, 1120 East Paseo El Mirador, Palm Springs CA. Designed with Albert Frey and Chambers. Landscape design by Ken Nishimoto. Interiors by Arthur Elrod. Destroyed.
Sources include: Morris Newman; Palm Springs Modern Committee; City of Palm Springs Survey; Adele Cygelman.