The Maynard Lyndon collection spans 70 linear feet and dates from circa 1929 to circa 1980. The collection consists of black-and-white
photographs organized by project or subject, glass-plate negatives, correspondence, travel sketches, newspaper and magazine
clippings, architectural drawings and reprographic copies, as well as presentation boards.
Maynard Lyndon was born in Detroit Michigan on September 6, 1907. In 1928, he graduated from the University of Michigan, with
his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. Right out of school, Lyndon got a job working as a draftsman for Albert Kahn in Detroit.
Two years later Lyndon left Kahn’s firm and begun to work for N. O. Gould as a designer, a job he held until 1933. From 1933-1935,
Maynard Lyndon worked as a designing architect and site planner for the department of the interior in Washington, D.C. During
this time, Lyndon designed museums and administration units. In 1935, Lyndon went into practice with the engineer Eberle Smith.
The firm of Lyndon and Smith, is credited with designing the first modern school in the United States, in Northville, Michigan
in 1936. During seven years of practice, Smith and Lyndon completed thirty schools and two public housing projects. In 1942,
when Smith and Lyndon’s firm dissolved, Lyndon started an independent practice in Los Angeles. His projects consisted primarily
of educational buildings and hospitals. In 1973, both Lyndon and his wife moved to Kusseberg, Germany. Over the course of
his career however, his more notable projects include: the 28th Church of Christ, Scientist in Los Angeles, Bunche Hall at
the University of California, Los Angeles, Northville Elementary School, and Vista Elementary School. Maynard Lyndon died
at the age of 92 on November 15, 1999.