Finding Aid for the Caspar Johann Ehmcke papers, circa 1945-1995 0000129

Finding aid prepared by Chris Marino
Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Arts Building Room 1434
University of California
Santa Barbara, California, 93106-7130

Title: Caspar Johann Ehmcke papers
Identifier/Call Number: 0000129
Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 28.0 Linear feet (23 record storage boxes and 1 flat file drawer)
Date (inclusive): circa 1945-1995
creator: Ehmcke, Caspar Johann, 1908-1995


Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.

Custodial History note

Gift of Camille Kerpen, 1996.

Preferred Citation note

Caspar Johann Ehmcke papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

Biographical/Historical note

Caspar Johann Ehmcke was born in 1908 in Munich, Germany. At age 19, Ehmcke left Munich for Stuttgart, where he began architecture school. In 1933, he graduated from the Stuttgart Technical University and returned to Munich to practice architecture. Ehmcke then immigrated to Los Angeles in 1937 where he specialized in store planning and design for Bullocks, Eastern-Colombia, and Magnin department stores, among others. From 1941 to 1945 Ehmcke worked on the Metropolitan Life Insurance Housing Projects, and with structural engineers for the building of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Navy Test Facility. During this period Ehmcke also worked on an earthquake proof hi-rise for Sears Roebuck. In 1945, Ehmcke started his own practice which focused primarily on commercial and residential buildings, including: the Decca recording studio, the John Engstead Photo Studio, and residences in West Los Angeles. Caspar Johann Ehmcke died at the age of 87, on September 22, 1995.

Scope and Content note

The Caspar Johann Ehmcke papers span 29 linear feet and date from circa 1945 to 1995. The collection is comprised of architectural drawings and reprographic copies organized by project, black-and-white photographs of residences designed by Ehmcke, bound specification reports, handwritten notes organized by project, and presentation boards. The majority of architectural drawings and reprographic copies, present in the collection, are of residences in West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Beverly Hills.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Ehmcke, Caspar Johann, 1908-1995
Architectural drawings
Photographic prints
Presentation drawings (proposals)
Reprographic copies