Roland E. Coate, Sr. (1890-1958): Estates


Roland Eli Coate, Sr. (1890-1958) was born in Richmond, Indiana. After attending Earlham College for two years, he transferred to Cornell University where he completed his degree in architecture in 1914. Upon finishing school, Coate settled in New York and found work at the Trowbridge and Ackerman architectural firm. During WWI, Coate served as a 1 st Lieutenant with the American Expeditionary Forces.

In 1919, Coate moved to Los Angeles and joined Reginald Johnson and Gordon Kaufmann, in the architectural firm, Johnson, Kaufmann and Coate. While he was a junior partner in the firm, Coate helped to design St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles and All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena.

By 1925, the firm had disbanded and Coate opened his own office in Los Angeles and continued to design until his death in 1958. His first solo project was the All Saints Episcopal church in Beverly Hills. He went on to design many homes in the greater Pasadena area and in West Los Angeles. Coate was one of the early exponents of Monterey Revival, the style for which he is best known, though he also designed Colonial Revival and California ranch houses.


Roland Coate, architect


Roland Eli Coate, Sr. papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.


circa 1916-1957


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Collection Items

Roland Coate: Fudger house (Los Angeles, Calif.)
This house was built for Eva J.K. Fudger, daughter of a citrus rancher and wife of a Toronto businessman. Fudger had been living across the street when she commissioned Coate to build this house with a view towards the adjacent Wilshire Country Club.…

Roland Coate: Bryner house (Pasadena, Calif.)
This house is a departure from Coate's Spanish and Monterey Revival style. Built for industrialist Ira L. Bryner and his wife Margaret, the house was sited on an irregular hillside lot and bore the hallmarks of a Georgian Revival, with some Colonial…

Roland Coate: Bixby house (Pasadena, Calif.)
This house, an interpretation of a Monterey style house, was one of Coate's earliest commissions as a solo architect, after the dissolution of the Johnson, Kaufmann, and Coate partnership. Stafford W. Bixby was a descendant of early California…

Roland Coate: Cowlishaw ranch house (Nogales, Ariz.)
The owners of a successful furniture business, Frank and Ruth Wilmot Cowlishaw commissioned Coate to design a large ranch house and stables for their 640 acre working ranch in Arizona. The house was L shaped and centered around a pool in the back of…

Roland Coate: Barber house (Pasadena, Calif.)
The John E. Barber house is an early example of Coate's Monterey Revival style-- a second story balcony, center hall, with the majority of rooms opening onto outside space. Grayson C. and John Edwin Barber were a well-to-do and prominent Pasadena…

Roland Coate: Norcross house (Bel Air, Calif.)
This large house, on a prominent hill overlooking the Bel Air Country Club was commissioned by petroleum executive David C. and Irene Norcross. The house features many Monterey Revival influences, as well as some intricate ironwork on a double-height…

Roland Coate: Selznick house (Beverly Hills, Calif.)
Irene Mayer and David C. Selznick, a well-known movie producer, commissioned this house from Coate at the height of the great depression. The house was a Georgian Revival on a large lot in the center of Beverly Hills, surrounded by other movie…

Roland Coate: Stern house (Holmby Hills, Calif.)
Real estate investor Jacob Stern commissioned this house from Coate in 1928. The over 9000 square foot estate was designed in the Mediterranean Revival style, on a 2.2 acre parcel of land. The 30 room mansion was sited on the crown of a hill,…

Roland Coate: Heath house (San Marino, Calif.)
The house for Edward Heath in San Marino (also listed as Pasadena), has some characteristics of a Regency style home, with an unusual double-height porch.

Roland Coate: Warner house (Beverly Hills, Calif.)
This house for Jack Warner (one of the founding brothers in Warner Brothers Studios), was an alteration of and addition to an existing house. The Georgian style mansion with a Greek-style portico featured interior design by William Haines and…

Roland Coate: Battson house (Lake Arrowhead, Calif.)
Oil company executive Leigh Battson was married to Lucy Doheny and living at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills when they commissioned Coate to design a vacation home on Lake Arrowhead. The estate featured steeply sloping roofs which prevented…

Roland Coate: Campbell house (Pasadena, Calif.)
The Joseph Campbell house in Pasadena is one of Roland Coate's earliest solo commissions. This Andalusian style home has some Spanish accents.

Roland Coate: All Saints Episcopal Church (Beverly Hills, Calif.)
This church was one of Coate's early solo commissions, after leaving the firm Johnson, Kaufmann and Coate. It is also one of his few church commissions. The structure is a very good example of Spanish Colonial Revival style, which was very popular in…

Roland Coate: Allen house (Pasadena, Calif.)
This house for Herbert Allen Jr. is located in the Oak Knoll neighborhood of Pasadena.

Roland Coate: Armstrong house (Arcadia, Calif.)
This Monterey Colonial style house was designed by Coate for business executive Lionel M. Armstrong.

Roland Coate: Eshman House (Bel Air, Calif.)
The M.G. Eshman house in Bel Air is a very good example of a classic American Colonial Revival style house. Sited on a large flat lot, the house is just down the street from the famous Hotel Bel-Air.

Roland Coate: Coate beach house (Laguna Beach, Calif.)
Roland Coate designed and built this beach house for his family in the Emerald Bay area of Laguna Beach.

Roland Coate: Cotton house (Montecito, Calif.)
This large Spanish Colonial style house was erected on San Leandro Lane for a Mrs. Dorothy D. Cotton.

Roland Coate: Hickman house (Los Angeles, Calif.)
This house for Frank Hickman is located near the campus of UC Los Angeles in the "Little Holmby" area of Westwood.

Roland Coate: Hornblow house (Beverly Hills, Calif.)
Coate designed this large house for movie producer Arthur Hornblow Jr and his second wife, actress Myrna Loy.

Roland Coate: Johnson house (Downey, Calif.)
This large Monterey-style house was designed for A Parley Johnson and his wife Geline "Gypsy" Johnson. They were citrus growers, and the house was originally surrounded by 50 acres of orange groves.
It was listed on the National Register of…

Roland Coate: Leimert Park houses (Los Angeles, Calif.)
The area of South Los Angeles known as Leimert Park was developed in the late 1920s by Walter Leimert, and was one of the first planned communities in Southern California. The neighborhood was landscaped by the Olmstead Brothers, and in addition to…

Roland Coate: Liebig house (Bel Air, Calif.)
The house for Rudolph and Caroline Liebig is located on a large flat lot in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles.

Roland Coate: Lippiatt house (Bel Air, Calif.)
Coate built this house for Mrs. H.C. Lippiatt and Mrs. F.M.P. Taylor in a Colonial Revival style, with influences of Spanish, Monterey, and New Orleans styles. The house backs onto the Bel Air Country Club golf course, and is close to the campus of…

Roland Coate: Gabriel house (San Marino, Calif.)
This Spanish Colonial Revival style house was built on a large lot in San Marino for O. Nicholas Gabriel.

Roland Coate: Goldwater house (Los Angeles, Calif.)
This large house in the Mid-Wilshire neighborhood of Los Angeles was built for Lemuel Goldwater, a garment industry pioneer and relative of Senator Barry Goldwater.
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