Gordon Bernie Kaufmann (Gordon Bernie Kaufmann)

Gordon Bernie Kaufmann

Architect.  Kaufmann, who was born in England and studied at the London Polytechnic Institute, arrived in Los Angeles, California in 1914 and became known for his work and design of structures in the Mediterranean Revival style which was popular at the time.  From 1921 to 1925, he was part of the architectural firm of Johnson, Kaufmann and Coate, before leaving the partnership to pratice on his own.  In 1926, financier Milton Getz commisioned a private residence in Beverly Hills which resulted in Beverly House which is prominently featured in the films ‘The Godfather’ and ‘The Bodyguard’. The following year he designed Greystone in Beverly Hills for oilman E.L. Doheny. In 1927, he designed the general campus for the Scripps College in Claremont.  While working on that project, he was hired by the California Institute of Technology in 1928 to design the complex of dormitories and the building for the Athenaeum, a private club located on the campus. Among other structures he designed  were the Times-Mirror Headquarters (1931), Santa Anita Racetrack (1933), Earl Carroll’s Hollywood Theater (1938) and the Palladium Night Club (1940). Kaufmann’s best-known project is the Hoover Dam. He designed the dam’s outer concrete surfaces with a modern art deco motif, the powerhouse at its base to have shiny horizontal aluminum fins for windows and the spillways were designed to allow their smooth, curving surfaces to have a streamlining effect.  Kaufmann was awarded the Legion of Merit, for US Army service in World War II. (bio by: Louis M.)  Family links:  Spouse:  Elsie Bryant Kaufmann (1890 – 1968) Inscription:CALIFORNIACOLONELCML WARFARE SVWORLD WAR II


  • March, 19, 1888
  • England


  • March, 03, 1949
  • USA


  • Golden Gate National Cemetery
  • California
  • USA

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