Jock Peters (1889-1934)


Jock Peters, born Jacob Jock Peters, was born on March 16, 1889 in Jarrenwisch, Schleswig Holstein, a region of farmland near the Danish border. At age 14, Peters apprenticed under a stonemason in Hamburg. Three years later, in 1907, Peters attended the Baugewerksschule, a building trade school in Germany. By 1912, Peters was a draftsman in an office in Dusseldorf. In 1913, he worked in the office of K.G. Bensel. From 1913 to 1914 Jock Peters worked in the office of Peter Behrens in Berlin, until he was drafted. In 1920, shortly after Peters was released from duty, he was appointed the director of the U. Kunstgewerbeschule, a state school for the applied arts in Altona near Hamburg.
Due to poor heath, Peters decided to emigrate to the United States to join his brother in 1923. From 1924-1927 Peters worked as the art director at Famous Players/Lasky (later Paramount). In 1927, Peters founded the firm Peters by Jock, Brothers Modern American Design Office. Sometime before 1929, Peters started working for the store planners Neil Paradise, an association that led to the Bullock’s Wilshire commission for which Peters designed the first three floors of the department store. In 1931 Peters was commissioned to design a club house and swimming pool for the Park Modern subdivision in Calabasas, which stills stands today. He also designed two houses built in Los Feliz and San Marino, California. Jock Peters died at the age of 45 on March 31, 1934.


Jock Peters, designer


Jock Peters papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.


circa 1920-1934


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Collection Items

Jock Peters: L.P. Hollander store (New York, NY)
Jock Peters worked with Eleanor LeMaire on the interiors of the women's clothing store. The architectural firm who designed the building was Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, and it is located on East 57th Street in Manhattan. The store was laid out 'boutique…

Jock Peters: Shepard house (San Marino, Calif.)
This house for L.E. Shepard in the Los Angeles suburb of San Marino is one of the few houses designed by Peters. The style is a Streamline Moderne, with some hints of International Style and Art Deco. The images highlight the indoor-outdoor living,…

Jock Peters: Gilks house (Los Angeles, Calif.)
This two-story modern house for the cinematographer Alfred Gilks is in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, just a short distance from Griffith Park. The house features multiple decks, an outdoor fireplace on the patio, and a mural in one of…

Jock Peters: Peters house project (Los Angeles, Calif.)
The renderings for a proposed Jock Peters residence along College View Avenue in the Eagle Rock section of Los Angeles show a very modern house, sited on a hill, with a studio and garage at street level. As with his other residential works, this…

Jock Peters: Peters Brothers Furniture
After working for the movie industry for a few years, in 1927 Peters began working with his brother George as Peters by Jock, Brothers Modern American Design Office. They designed furniture and other interior pieces.

Jock Peters: set designs
After working with an architect in Germany, Peters emigrated to the United States in 1922 and settled in Los Angeles. By 1924 he was working with Famous Players- Lasky Corporation, one of the largest silent film production companies in the city.…

Jock Peters: Bullocks Wilshire store (Los Angeles, Calif.)
The Bullocks Wilshire department store was one of the first to cater to customers in automobiles. The large Art Deco edifice was easily recognizable, and customers were able to drive up, have a valet securely park their car at the rear of the…

Jock Peters portraits
These undated portraits of Peters highlight his personal style and attitude in line with his interior designs.
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