Henry L. Gogerty

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Henry L. Gogerty (1894–1990) was an American architect. He is best known for designing over 350 schools and industrial buildings in Southern California.


Early life[edit]

He was born on January 30, 1894 in Zearing, Iowa.[1][2] He received a Liberal Arts certificate from the University of Dubuque in 1913, graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 1917, and later received a degree in architecture from the University of Southern California.[1][2] During the First World War, he served in the field artillery.[2]


In 1901, he began construction on Gardena High School which opened in 1907, and is still open to this day. Together with Carl Jules Weyl (1890-1948), he designed the Spanish Baroque Palace Theater, now known as the Avalon Hollywood, located at 1735 North Vine Street in Hollywood, Los Angeles, in 1926-1927.[1][3] Alternatively, in 1926, they designed the Spanish Colonial Baine Building located at 6601-09 Hollywood Boulevard, built for Colonel Harry Baine (1884-1945).[1][4][5] As such, Baine was "the first person to live in a penthouse on Hollywood Boulevard," and his downstairs tenants were the Merchants National Trust and Savings Bank.[5] In 1927, they designed a building located at 6654 Hollywood Boulevard.[1][6] In 1928, they designed shops and studios for Fred Thomson (1890-1928).[1][7] In 1929, they designed the Yucca Vine Tower, a 112-foot, eight-floor building located at 6305-09 Yucca Street in the Yucca Corridor area of Hollywood.[1][8][9] In 1928, he designed the Grand Central Air Terminal of the Glendale Airport in Glendale, California.[1][10]

In 1930, he designed a dance studio located at 6274-84 Yucca Street in Hollywood.[1][11] In 1936, he designed the Compton branch of the Los Angeles Public Library.[1][12] From 1936 to 1938, he designed the Susan Miller Dorsey High School in South Los Angeles.[1][13] From 1941 to 1942, he designed the factory of the Hughes Aircraft Company in Culver City, California.[1][14] From 1942 to 1943, he designed the Naval Ordnance Test Station of the United States Navy in Inyokern, California.[1][15]

In 1950, he designed Union High School in Visalia, California.[1][16] In 1956, together with D. Stewart Kerr, he designed the new buildings of Gardena High School in Gardena, California.[1][17] From 1957 to 1958, he designed another factory for the Hughes Aircraft Company, this time in Fullerton, California.[1][18] In 1959, he designed the new campus of Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, California.[1][19] In 1961, he designed new buildings for Allan Hancock College, a community college in Santa Maria, California.[1][20] In 1963, he designed the buildings of the South Hills High School in West Covina, California.[1][21]

He designed the bedrooms of the Biltmore Hotel in Palm Springs, California, while the building itself was designed by architect Frederick Monhoff (1897–1975); it was demolished in 2003.[1][22] He also designed and operated the Desert Air Hotel and Palm Desert Airpark in Rancho Mirage, California until 1968.[2]

He sat on the Board of Trustees of the St. Anne's Foundation and was the recipient of the Angel Award in 1988.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He got married in 1922 and divorced in 1930.[1] He died on January 4, 1990 in Los Angeles County, California.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v Pacific Coast Architecture Database
  2. ^ a b c d e f Henry L. Gogerty; Architect Who Designed Gliding Classroom Walls, The Los Angeles Times, April 06, 1990
  3. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Palace Theater
  4. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Baine Building
  5. ^ a b Greg Williams, The Story of Hollywood: An Illustrated History, 2005, p. 154 [1]
  6. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: 6654 Hollywood Boulevard Building
  7. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Fred C. Thomson Shops
  8. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Yucca Vine Tower
  9. ^ Robert Winter (ed.), An Architectural Guidebook to Los Ángeles, Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith, 2003, p. 181 [2]
  10. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Glendale Airport
  11. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: 6274-84 Yucca Street Dance Studio
  12. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: County of Los Angeles Public Library, Compton Branch
  13. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Susan M. Dorsey High School
  14. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Hughes Aircraft Company Factory, Culver City, CA
  15. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Naval Ordnance Test Station
  16. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Union High School
  17. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Gardena High School
  18. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Hughes Aircraft Company Factory, Fullerton, CA
  19. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Antelope Valley Junior College
  20. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Allan Hancock College
  21. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: South Hills High School
  22. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Biltmore Hotel