UCSB professor David Gebhard (1927-1996) founded the ADC in 1963. Today it is one of the largest architectural archives in North America with more than 1,000,000 drawings, as well as papers, photographs, models, decorative objects, and furniture. The focus of the collection is the design and architecture of southern California from the late 19th through the early 21st century.
More than 230 collections and archives make up the ADC, a portrait of design in the region through the work of well-known figures such as Irving Gill, John Byers, Roland Coate, Sr., George Washington Smith, Myron Hunt and Harold Chambers, Robert Stacy-Judd, R. M. Schindler, Lutah Maria Riggs, Thornton Abell, Gregory Ain, Julius R. Davidson, Palmer Sabin, Kem Weber, Whitney Smith and Wayne Williams, Edward Killingsworth, Rex Lotery, Maynard Lyndon, A. E. Morris, and Barton Myers, among others.
The ADC has received generous support from the Getty Foundation, the Council on Libraries and Information Resources (CLIR), Brent Harris and Lisa Meulbroek Harris, as well as the members of the Museum Council.
J.R. Davidson, Case Study House #1, 1945
Killingsworth, Opdahl Residence, Long Beach, Calif., 1955
Kem Weber, Art Center, Pasadena, Calif., 1934
Albert Frey, In Search of a New Architecture, 1939
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