Robert Stanton (architect)

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Robert Stanton (1900-1983) was an American architect. A resident of Carmel, California, he practiced primarily in the central California coastal region, and was responsible for a variety of eclectic buildings, most notably the Monterey County Court House and the King City Joint Union High School Auditorium, both listed on the National Register of Historic Places. He worked closely with sculptor Joseph Jacinto Mora on several of his projects.

King City High School Auditorium

Stanton was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1900. His mother was a singer in the B.O. Whitney Opera Company. Stanton joined the U.S. Navy during World War I, then graduated from the Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles, California. From there he went on to architectural studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was involved in theater productions. Following his studies he went on a grand tour of Europe. On returning to the United States he worked in Pasadena, California for architect Wallace Neff, gaining licenses for architecture and real estate. In 1935 Stanton opened his own office in the Del Monte Hotel in Monterey, establishing a practice that included school and hospital work in the Monterey area and across the San Joaquin Valley.[1][2] In addition to the Monterey County Court House and King City High School Auditorium, Stanton designed schools in Monterey, the San Benito County Hospital, the Salinas General Hospital and buildings at Fort Ord.[3]

Stanton met his wife Virginia at Berkeley. They had three children. Stanton died in 1983.[4]


  1. ^ Whitney, Catherine (August 18, 1990). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: King City Joint Union High School Auditorium". National Park Service. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  2. ^ Hiller, Peter (November 2007). "National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form: Monterey County Court House". National Park Service. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
  3. ^ "American Architects Directory 1962" (PDF). American Institute of Architects. p. 669. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 23, 2012. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
  4. ^ Smith, Gordon Paul. "A Dream Come True". Museum of Monterey. Retrieved May 9, 2012.