Robert Winter: Architecture of California (Occidental College)

Brook Hawkins, Angelus Temple, Los Angeles, CA. Photographer: Robert Winter. Data and image from Occidental College

Artstor Digital Library has launched more than 2,000 images of architecture in California from the archives of Robert Winter at Occidental College. A noted architectural historian, Winter photographed buildings and sites throughout California for over 40 years. His photographs document major 19th and 20th century styles from Beaux-Arts to Art Deco, Spanish Colonial to Mission Revival, with a particular focus on the Arts and Crafts movement. In 1965, Winter co-authored the original Guide to Architecture in Southern California with David Gebhard. Revised and expanded in several editions up to the current 2003 version, it is still the standard source for the study of the architecture and built environment in the greater Los Angeles area. Winter's other publications further explored the role architecture in the history of American society and culture. These include: The California Bungalow (1980); American Bungalow Style (1996); Craftsman Style (2004); and The Architecture of Entertainment: L.A. in the Twenties (2006).  

Robert Winter is the Arthur G. Coons Professor of the History of Ideas, Emeritus at Occidental College, where he taught for over 30 years. Now retired, Winter lives in the Craftsman style home of Ernest Batchelder (1875-1957), the subject of Winter's 1999 monograph Batchelder: Tilemaker. Located in Pasadena, CA, the Batchelder House is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated by Winter as a future gift to Occidental College. Winter's images are available due to the generous donation of his slide collection to Occidental College.