Roland Coate, Architect [1890-1958]
Roland Coate [†], was born in Indiana in 1890. He was educated at Cornell University. From 1922-1925, he was associated with noted architects Reginald Johnson and Gordon Kaufmann. He is credited with the design of the first Monterey Colonial residence, the Bixby residence in Pasadena. Mr. Coate's commissions are found throughout the well-to-do Southern California communities of Beverly Hills, Pasadena, San Marino, Bel Air, and South Pasadena. He designed Casa de Parley Johnson in Downey. He designed residences for Frank Capra, John McCone, the O'Melveny and Selznick families. Institutional and commercial commissions include All Saints Episcopal Church (Beverly Hills, 1925), Good Samaritan Hospital (Los Angeles), and the Pasadena Town Club (Pasadena, 1931). In addition to being a strong proponent of the Monterey style, Mr. Coate also designed a number of Georgian, Federal, Regency, and Spanish Colonial Revival residences. He became a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1937.
† Christine Johnson McAvoy, Preservation Consultant, Johnson Research Associates, Casa de Parley Johnson, Los Angeles County, California, nomination document, 1985, National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places, Washington, D.C.
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