KEMPER NOMLAND JR. (1919-2009)
Nomland Jr. graduated from Pasadena City College in 1938 and with a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Southern California in 1941. He worked for Albert C. Martin before joining his father to form a firm together. He was a conscientious objector during World War II and was put to work in Civilian Public Service camps designing several covers for books, a literary journal, and the camp chapel in Wyeth, Oregon. In 1950 he moved to Mt. Washington section of Los Angeles and designed his own three-story hillside home and about a dozen other nearby homes. After working with his father for several years he joined "several architectural firms, and at one point he designed a house for actress Jane Russell and designed at least a dozen other residences." Bio adapted from Wikipedia. Research by Catherine Westergaard Cramer and Michael Locke.
1929 - The Ellwood and Jeannette DeGarmo House, 3855 Carnavon Way, Los Angeles CA. Built by J. A. Melton. Photo by Michael Locke.
1936 - The Hamilton Luske House, 3635 Shannon Road, Los Angeles CA.
1947 - The Case Study House #10, 711 South San Rafael Avenue, Pasadena CA. Designed with his father, Kemper Nomland Sr. Sold to the Marples Family Trust. Sold in 2012 to Timothy M. Morris. Sold in 2017 to actress Kristen Wiig. Sold in 2021 to actress Lil Collins and Charlie McDowell. Photos by Michael Locke.
Kemper Nomland Sr. (1892-1976) was born in Buxton ND to Norwegian immigrant parents. After completing coursework at the University of North Dakota, Nomland Sr. studied architecture at Columbia University before practicing in New York City, Seattle, and then Los Angeles. He worked with Albert C. Martin in 1922, Marston Van Pelt & Maybury (1923-1925) Austin, Martin & Parkinson (1926-1927); Kemper Nomland Jr. after 1928; and also Hunt & Chambers from 1942-1944.
1947 - The Phi Kappa Psi House, 642 West 28th Street, Los Angeles CA. William C. Warmington was the builder. Currently the Gamma Eta Chapter House of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity at the University of Southern California. Photos by Michael Locke.
1947 - The Lillian Billups and Elizabeth Bell Apartments, 936 Tiverton Avenue, Westwood Village CA. Destroyed in 1984.
1948 - The H. L. Blatterman House, Corona del Mar CA.
1948 - The Bob and Jane Russell Waterfield Residence, 14888 Round Valley Drive, Sherman Oaks CA. Deeded to Bob Waterfield in the couple's 1968 divorce. Destroyed in the 1990s. New house built in 2006.
1949 - The Horton and Adelaide Kahn Apartments, 1041-1047 South Ogden Drive, Los Angeles CA. Sold around 2012 to Michael Pines and Elaine Webb-Pines, aka Pines Management LP. Each building has 8 units of 2, 3, and 4 rooms. Photos by Michael Locke.
1949 - The William Jadiker Triplex, 1734 Silver Lake Boulevard, Los Angeles CA. Owner-builder John Crickett added a den in 2019. Photos by Michael Locke.
1949 - The Benjamin O. and Corinna H. Rees House, 560 Laguna Road, Pasadena CA. Photo by Michael Locke.
1949 - 1732 Silver Lake Boulevard, Los Angeles CA. Nomland Jr. designed the house for plumbing contractor Bill Jadiker in 1949; it was one of three projects the architect and contractor collaborated on in Silver Lake in the 1960s. Photos by Michael Locke.
1950 - The John and Irene Abbott House, 320 Mavis Drive, Mount Washington, Los Angeles CA. Sold in 2015 to Gavril and Betty Lourie.
1951 - The Lou and Celia Rae Frimkess House, 2227 Alcyona Drive, Los Angeles CA. Crestwood Builders was the contractor. Lou Frimkess was well known as an innovative graphic designer and artist. Top two photos by Michael Locke.
1952 - The Lawrence B. and Janis Gammon Hendrickson House, 1055 Alta Pine Drive, Altadena CA. Hendrickson, a real estate appraiser for Los Angeles County, is credited with co-designing the house. Sold in 2017 to Grant Maxwell and Soussee Moghoyan. Bottom photo by Michael Locke.
1953 - The August F. and Emma Fraustadter Doeppner House, 300 Mavis Drive, Los Angeles CA. Photos by Michael Locke.
1953 - The Kemper and Ella Kube Nomland House, 310 Mavis Drive, Los Angeles CA. Nomland also designed an addition in 1958. Photos by Michael Locke.
1953 - The William and Esther Heidemann House, 5231 Veronica Street, Los Angeles CA. Photo by Michael Locke.
1955 - The Nathan Albert House, 3604 Lowry Road, Los Angeles CA. Peter A. Becker and Son was the builder. Architect Mark William Rios remodeled the house in 2007 adding a one story addition and interior remodel. Sold in 2004 to Mark Traughton. Sold in 2011 to Michael Neumayr. Photos by Michael Locke.
1955 - The Ansis and Spodra Zalums Tipans House, 721 Lark Court, Los Angeles CA. Sold to Clayton Tackett. Sold in 1994 to Armando Christo. Sold in 2016 to Rachel Meyer. Sold in 2019 to Andrew Bulbrook.
1955 - The Robert M. Ruenitz House, 5275 El Mirador Drive, Los Angeles CA. Built by Foothill Builders, Inc. Architect Manish Mahesh Desai added a second story with an attached garage in 2017. Photo by Michael Locke.
1957 - The James A. and Gwendolene S. Homsy House, 835 Linda Vista Avenue, Pasadena CA. Sold in 2013 to architect Rodney L. Ross, who in 2017 reinvented the ranch house into a pool/guest house. Ross also built a "radically new but respectful structure just beyond" to serve as the main residence. Sold in 2018 to the Tolleson Family Trust. Top photo by Cameron Carothers; other photos by Michael Locke.
1957 - The Sosin House, 1030 North Kings Road, West Hollywood CA. Destroyed in 2016. New condominiums (bottom photo) built in 2018.
1958 - The Ward Alden House, 3716 Blue Bird Canyon Road, Vista CA. Sold in 1978 to Dennis and Lisa Cronin, aka Cronin 2006 Trust. Listed as a multi- family residence.
1958 - The Preston Joyce and Maryan Ellen Stack House, 5245 El Mirador Drive, Los Angeles CA. Photos by Michael Locke.
1958 - The William Jadiker Duplex I, 1726-1730 Silver Lake Boulevard, Los Angeles CA. Sold in 1984 to Grigsby Family Trust. Sold in 2016 to Atif and Samina Chaudhry. Photo by Michael Locke.
1961 - The Samuel and Patricia Clayberger Remodel, 486 Mavis Drive, Los Angeles CA. Original house built in the 1920s. Clayberger acted as contractor and Nomland added two bedrooms, a living room, bathroom, and garage. Photo by Michael Locke.
1961 - The William Jadiker Duplex II, 2253-2255 Moore Street, Los Angeles CA. Architect Arminda Diaz moved into the complex in 2012 and redesigned the interiors. Photos by Michael Locke.
1962 - The Apex Apartments, 2004 Apex Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Nomland designed the 18-unit apartment complex for William (Bill) Jadiker, a plumbing contractor he met in a Walport, Oregon camp during World War II when they were both conscientious objectors. Jadiker was the building contractor. Photos by Michael Locke.
1979 - The Merv R. Lopez House, 307 Mavis Drive, Los Angeles CA. Photo by Michael Locke.
1981 - Joe Paschen House II, 452 West Avenue 46, Los Angeles CA. Nomland designed at least three houses for Paschen in the immediate vicinity. It is not clear whether Paschen lived in any of the houses or if they were built on speculation. Sold in 2020 to Babak Kheshti. Photo by Michael Locke.
1984 - The Joe Paschen House III, 306 Mavis Drive, Los Angeles CA. Photo by Michael Locke.
Sources include: The Los Angeles Times; California Home + Design; Modern San Diego