Roland Coate

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Roland Coate
BornDecember 5, 1890
DiedOctober 17, 1958
EducationEarlham College
Cornell University
ChildrenWilliam Bleecker Coate, Roland E Coate, Jr., Suzanne Coate

Roland Coate (1890–1958) was an American architect.

Early life[edit]

Roland Coate was born on December 5, 1890 in Richmond, Indiana.[1] He attended Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana from 1910 to 1912, and he graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in 1914.[1]


In 1924, Coate designed the Campbell House located at 1244 Wentworth Avenue in Pasadena, California.[2] He also designed the Robert E. Pond House located at 655 Bradford Street in Pasadena.[3] In 1925, he designed the Stafford W. Sixby House located at 1148 Garfield Avenue in South Pasadena, California, which went on to win a Certificate of Honor from the Southern California Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1927.[4] The following year, he designed the Eva K.J. Fudger House located at 211 Muirfield Road in Hancock Park, Los Angeles; it was later purchased by Howard Hughes (1905-1976).[5] He also designed Fudger's residence at 1103 San Ysidro Drive in Beverly Hills, California.[6]

In 1930, Coate designed the Elliott Bandini House located at 90274 Via Almar and Via Arroyo in Palos Verdes Estates, California.[7] The same year, he designed the Monterey Colonial style mansion of D.C. Norcross located at 673 Siena Way in Bel Air, Los Angeles; A.E. Hanson (1893-1986) was the landscape architect.[8] In 1931, he designed the Monterey Colonial style Pasadena Town Club located at 378 South Madison Avenue in Pasadena, California.[9] In 1933 and 1934, he designed the private residence of film producer David O. Selznick (1902-1965) in Beverly Hills.[10] In 1934, he designed the W.B Hart House in Pasadena, California and the Parley Johnson House in Downey, California.[11][12] The same year, he also designed the private residence of Henry W. O'Melveny located at 1709 Stone Canyon Road in Bel Air.[13] In 1939, he designed the Everett Sebring House located at 612 Berkshire Avenue in La Cañada Flintridge, California.[14] In 1941, he designed the private residence of Robert Taylor (1911-1969) and Barbara Stanwyck (1907-1990) located at 1101 Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, California.[15]

Together with Silas Reese Burns (1855-1940), Sumner Hunt (1865-1938) and Aurele Vermeulen (1885-1983), Coate designed the headquarters of the Automobile Club of Southern California located at 2601 South Figueroa Street from 1921 to 1923.[16]

Together with Reginald Davis Johnson (1882-1952) and Gordon Kaufmann (1888–1949), Coate designed the All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California in 1923, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[17][18][19] In 1924, they designed Camp Arthur Letts, named after Arthur Letts, of the Boy Scouts of America in the Hollywood Hills.[20] The same year, they designed the Hale Solar Laboratory and the Griffith House (at 1275 Hillcrest Avenue) in Pasadena.[21][22] In 1924-1925, they designed a new building for Saint Paul's Episcopal Cathedral located at 615 South Figueroa Street; it was demolished in the 1970s.[23] He also designed the private residence of H.C. Lippiatt & M.P. Taylor in Bel Air, Los Angeles.[24]

His achievements include works that are listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.[25] These include (with attribution spellings that vary):

Coate became a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1937.[1]

Personal life and death[edit]

Coate had a beach house he built in 1935 located in Emerald Bay, Laguna Beach, Orange County, California.[26] He had 2 sons, William Bleecker Coate and Roland E Coate, Jr., also an architect, and one daughter, Suzanne Coate.[1] He died on October 17, 1958 in San Diego County, California.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Pacific Coast Architecture Database
  2. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Campbell House, Pasadena, CA
  3. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Robert E. Pond House, Pasadena, CA
  4. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Stafford W. Sixby House, South Pasadena, CA
  5. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Eva K.J. Fudger House, Hancock Park, Los Angeles, CA
  6. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Mrs. Richard B. Fudger House, Beverly Hills, CA
  7. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Elliott Bandini House, Palos Verdes Estates, California
  8. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: D.C. Norcross House, Los Angeles, CA
  9. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Pasadena Town Club, Pasadena, CA
  10. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: David O. Selznick House, Beverly Hills, CA
  11. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: W.B Hart House, Pasadena, CA
  12. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Farley Johnson House, Downey, CA
  13. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Henry W. O'Melveny House, Los Angeles, CA
  14. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Everett Sebring House, La Cañada Flintridge, California
  15. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Robert Taylor and Barbara Stanwyck House, Beverly Hills, CA
  16. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Automobile Club of Southern California Headquarters
  17. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: All Saints' Episcopal Church, Pasadena, CA
  18. ^ 'All Saints' church in Pasadena to have new home', The Los Angeles Times, 5, 06/10/1923
  19. ^ 'All Saints' Church, Pasadena', Architectural Digest, 8: 2, 69, 1931
  20. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Camp Arthur Letts, Boy Scouts of America, Hollywood Hills, CA
  21. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Hale Solar Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
  22. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Griffith House
  23. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Saint Paul's Episcopal Cathedral
  24. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: C. Lippiatt & M.P. Taylor House, Bel Air, Los Angeles, CA
  25. ^ a b c d National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  26. ^ Pacific Coast Architecture Database: Roland E. Coate, Sr. Beach House, Laguna Beach, CA