Kemper Nomland

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Kemper Nomland Jr. (May 8, 1919 - December 25, 2009) was a modernist architect in Los Angeles, California and part of a father-son architectural team with his father Kemper Nomland. He was also a painter and printer[1] of poetry and arts publications.

Nomland Sr.[edit]

Nomland Sr. was born in Buxton, North Dakota and studied architecture at Columbia University before practicing in New York, 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 Hunt & Chambers from 1942-1944. His work included the building at 560 Laguna Road.[2]

Studies and work camp[edit]

Kemper 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 fro 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 a Civilian Public Service camp at Cascade Locks, Oregon, "Civilian Public Service Camp 21" in the Pacific Northwest where he did forest-maintenance work and Camp Angel near Waldport, "where he was involved with the fine arts group, designing several covers for books printed by the Untide Press at the camp and working on Illiterati, a literary and artistic journal".[3] He designed the chapel at Camp 21 in the Columbia River Gorge on Gorton Creek in Wyeth, Oregon, "a few miles east of Cascade Locks."[4]

Seven of his framed paintings, including portraits from his time at the work camp, are held in a collection at Lewis and Clark College. One of his paintings was published in two of Coffield's books as well as the publication The Illiterati. Subjects of the paintings included Glen Coffield, Windsor Utley, Bill Webb, a waterfall, concert, and (from 1968) an anti-war rally.[5] He also painted a portrait of Mark Schrock, the director of CPS Camp 21.[4] Nomland also provided the illustrations for William Everson's War elegies, published in Waldport, Oregon, by Untide Press, 1944[6] and was involved in printing work with William Everson.[1] He also wrote to E.E. Cummings.[7]

Architectural work[edit]

Together with his father Nomland designed one of the Case Study Houses in 1947 at 711 San Rafael Avenue in Pasadena. The home on a sloping corner lot "in the hillside neighborhood"[3] "mirrored the descending line of the home’s site into the sloping roofline" and included "large walls of glass and a heated floor system" and used "industrial materials such as plywood and corrugated wire glass were also used throughout and the architects further specified large openings to the outside, which allowed for the fluid layout of interior spaces to be carried to the outdoors."[8]

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.[3] He resided there with other pacifist friends and neighbors until his wife inability to get around well.[9] Nomland also designed the Norwegian Seamen's Church, San Pedro and did a conversion at UCLA's Moore Hall, including lighting work when it was converted to exclusive use by the University's School of Education.[10]

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"[3] and designed at least a dozen other residence.[3]

Nomland died of natural causes while residing at an assisted living home in Long Beach, leaving behind a daughter, Erika Nomland Cilengir, and a grandson. His first wife Ella died in 1994 and he remarried Joan.[3]


  • Case Study House No. 10 (1947) by Kemper Nomland and Kemper Nomland Jr.[8] at 711 S San Rafael Avenue in Pasadena, California. A wood framed post and beam house with "large walls of glass, set over a concrete slab." [11]
  • West Hollywood house at 1030 North Kings Road[12]
  • A house at 3635 Shannon Road[13] in Los Feliz, a French Normandy style residence[14]
  • Norwegian Seamen's Church, San Pedro (1951)


  1. ^ a b BROTHER ANTONINUS/ William Everson: POET, PRINTER, AND RELIGIOUS] An Interview Conducted by Ruth Teiser, Berkeley 1966
  2. ^ Cultural Resources of the Recent Past; Historic Context Report, City of Pasadena
  3. ^ a b c d e f Dennis McLellan Kemper Nomland Jr. dies at 90; L.A. architect built Case Study House No. 10, He joined with his father to form Nomland & Nomland after World War II. During their partnership, the pair designed numerous projects. OBITUARY December 30, 2009 Los Angeles Times
  4. ^ a b CHARLES DAVIS AND JEFFREY KOVAC Confrontation at the Locks; A Protest of Japanese Removal and Incarceration during World War II, Oregon Historical Quarterly Vol. 107, No. 4 winter 2006
  5. ^ Guide to the Kemper Nomland Collection 1942-1994
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ Nomland, Kemper. 1 letter; 1945. Cummings, E.E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962. E. E. Cummings additional papers, 1870-1969: Guide. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
  8. ^ a b Case Study House 10
  9. ^ May 2002 Mount Washington newsletter Mount Washington Association pages 5,6
  10. ^ Verne A Stadtman [2] [1967] The Centennial Record of the University of California University of California
  11. ^ The Case House Study Program, Arts & Architecture Magazine (John Entenza & David Travers)
  12. ^ Adrian Glick Kudler Rent Check: Quirky Kemper Nomland in West Hollywood July 16, 2009, Curbed LA
  13. ^ [3]
  14. ^ [4]

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