Herman O. Ruhnau

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Herman O. Ruhnau
Herman Ruhnau, Architect.jpeg
Born (1912-09-01)September 1, 1912
Santa Barbara, California
Died June 13, 2006(2006-06-13) (aged 93)
Riverside, California
Nationality American
Occupation Architect
Awards Lifetime achievement award from the American Institute of Architects
Website www.rrcarch.com
Practice Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke
Buildings Riverside County Administration Building
Riverside City Hall

Herman O. Ruhnau (September 1, 1912 – June 10, 2007) was a Postmodern architect who founded the firm Ruhnau, Ruhnau, and Clarke. Ruhnau primarily designed buildings in Southern California, particularly the Inland Empire region.


Ruhnau was the son of a German artist and was born in Santa Barbara, California, but also lived in Pasadena, California, and then Riverside, California where he graduated from Riverside's Poly High School in 1928.[1] He studied architecture at the University of Southern California and served as an architect in the United States Navy during World War II. After the war he settled in Riverside where in 1957 he founded the architectural firm known today as Ruhnau, Ruhnau, and Clarke.[2]

Ruhnau made many contributions to Southern California's Inland Empire. Since the 1950s he designed many of the region's homes, libraries, banks, schools, churches, and government facilities. Some of his most notable projects include: Riverside City Hall, Riverside County Administrative Center, Sherman Indian High School, downtown Riverside's Main Street pedestrian mall, and the Corona Naval Hospital. Ruhnau also designed a colonial-style mansion in Rubidoux in 1955 for restaurant owner and horse breeder Tiny Naylor that is now the headquarters of the Riverside County parks department.

In 1974 Ruhnau was inducted into the College of Fellows by the American Institute of Architects. He received a lifetime achievement award from the AIA Inland Chapter in April, 2006.[3]


  1. ^ Durian, Hal (2010-02-13), Riverside architect puts stamp on area buildings, Riverside, California: The Press Enterprise, retrieved 2010-02-27 
  2. ^ "Business Search - Business Entities - Business Programs". kepler.sos.ca.gov. Retrieved 2015-12-29. 
  3. ^ Haberman, Doug (2006-06-12), Architect Herman Ruhnau dies at 93, Riverside, California: The Press Enterprise, retrieved 2010-02-27 

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