A.E. Hanson (1893-1986): Landscape Designs
Owning Institution: UC Santa Barbara, Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design and Architecture Museum
About this CollectionA. E. Hanson, landscape architect and land developer, was born in Chino, California on December 20, 1893. After two years of high school, Hanson left to assist his family monetarily, and began working for landscape architect Theodore Payne, and then in 1915 for landscape architect Paul Howard in Los Angeles. Despite his lack of formal training, Hanson started his own firm in 1916 and by the end of the 1920’s he was designing and constructing many of the largest private gardens in Southern California. During the 1930s he developed Rolling Hills in Rancho Palos Verdes, as well as Hidden Hills in the San Fernando Valley. In 1932, Hanson became the general manager of the Palos Verdes Corporation and held this position until 1944. His more notable projects include the Harold Lloyd estate in Beverly Hills, the Kirk Johnson residence, and the Spanish Andalusian garden of A. B. Young in Pasadena. Archibald E. Hanson died on February 21, 1986 in Los Angeles, at the age of 93.
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