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Ross Montgomery (architect)

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Ross G. Montgomery (September 26, 1888, at Toledo, Ohio – February 14, 1969, at Los Angeles, California) was a Los Angeles-based architect, illustrator, and historian.[1][2]


Line drawing of a church
One of Montgomery's historical architecture drawings, "Conjectural Restoration of Church 3, Seen from Southeast".

Montgomery designed the original St. Ambrose Church in West Hollywood, California, the St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Pasadena, California, and the St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Los Angeles, California.[3][4][5][6] Additionally, he helped redesign the Mission Santa Barbara after the 1925 Santa Barbara earthquake.[6][7] He also designed the stucco mausoleum of the Calvary Cemetery in East Los Angeles.[3][8][9] Together with William Mullay, he designed Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Montecito, California in the late 1930s.[6]

As an architectural historian, he wrote about the Awatovi Ruins.[10]

The original publication by Ross Montgomery related to the Awatovi Expedition of the late 1930s was included in Volume 36 of Harvard University Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology Papers.[11]


  1. ^ "Ross Montogmery, 80, Church Architect, Dies" THE TIDINGS-Los Angeles; February 21, 1969, p.4.
  2. ^ "VITAL RECORDS-Deaths" Los Angeles Times; February 15, 1969, p.7.
  3. ^ a b Online Archive of California
  4. ^ St. Ambrose Church: History
  5. ^ Yahoo! Local
  6. ^ a b c Hattie Beresford, The Way It Was: A Sesquicentennial Celebration, Montecito Journal, September 28, 2006
  7. ^ Linda S. Cordell, Kent Lightfoot, Francis McManamon, George Milner, Archaeology in America: An Encyclopedia: An Encyclopedia, ABC-CLIO, 2008, p. 43 [1]
  8. ^ John Chase, Glitter Stucco and Dumpster Diving, Verso, 2004, p. 61
  9. ^ John Chase, Warren Montag, Bodies, Masses, Power: Spinoza and His Contemporaries, Verso, 1999, p. 61 [2]
  10. ^ Linda S. Cordell, Southwest archaeology in the twentieth century, Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah Press, 2005, p. 210 [3]
  11. ^ Montgomery, Ross Gordon. 1949. Franciscan Awatovi; the excavation and conjectural reconstruction of a 17th-century Spanish mission establishment at a Hopi Indian town in northeastern Arizona. Cambridge, Mass: The Museum.