GUIDE TO THE LLOYD RUOCCO COLLECTION

COLLECTION NUMBER:
C099.

COLLECTION TITLE:
Lloyd Ruocco Collection.

CREATOR(S):
Lloyd Ruocco.

DATES OF MATERIAL:
1936-1973.

EXTENT:
183 photographic prints: b&w, some color; 13.5 x 10.5 in. or smaller.
18 slides: color; 35 mm.
1 album (26 photographic prints): b&w; 13.5 x 10.5 in.
13 negatives: safety film, b&w; 4 x 5 in.

LOCAL CONTROL NUMBERS:
Photographic Prints: OP 17127/0-199.
Copy Negatives: 99:19895-19901, 2002/001.31-34, and 2002/001.47-49.

REPOSITORY:
San Diego Historical Society
Booth Historical Photograph Archives
P.O. Box 81825
San Diego, CA 92138
1-619-232-6203

ACQUISITION INFORMATION:
Gift of Ralph T. Ruocco, 1992 (822-D).

RESTRICTIONS:
Open for research.

COPYRIGHT:
For permission to reproduce or publish, contact the curator of the Booth Historical Photograph Archives at the San Diego Historical Society. Reproduction or publication of any part of this collection must include the following information next to the image(s) or in a special section of credits: Lloyd Ruocco Collection, San Diego History Center: Booth Historical Photograph Collection.

GENERAL NOTES:
Arrangement by subject and size. Forms part of the San Diego History Center Original Print and Negative Collection. Accompanied by photocopies of letters to Ruocco, magazine articles, and other items.

BIOGRAPHICAL OR HISTORICAL NOTE:
The architect Lloyd Ruocco was born in Maine in 1907 and moved to the Santee area in 1922. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1933. In his early years, Ruocco worked with architect Lillian Rice and the Requa and Jackson architecture firm. Ruocco became well known for designing houses and public buildings, including the Civic Theater and the Design Center on 5th Avenue. He also helped found the Allied Artists’ Council of San Diego and the civic organization, Citizen’s Coordinate for Century-Three. In 1974, he was elected “Fellow” of the American Institute for Architecture. Ruocco was married to Ilse Hamann Ruocco, a professor of Art at San Diego State University. Lloyd Ruocco passed away in 1981.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
This collection documents the architectural work of Lloyd Ruocco. The collection contains photographs, slides, negatives and an album of images of the Ruocco residences in La Mesa and Alvarado Estates, the construction of the San Diego County Administration Building, the Design Center on 5th Avenue, KOGO AM-FM/TV studios, Geophysics building on the University of California, San Diego campus, San Diego Civic Theater and community concourse. Also includes artists’ renderings of Security First National Bank in Carlton Hills and Avocado Professional Group Medical and Dental Center as well as a model home designed by Ilse Ruocco.

SUBJECTS INDEXED:
Ruocco, Lloyd,1907-1981.
Architecture – California – San Diego County.
Houses – California – San Diego County.
Buildings – California – San Diego County.
Building construction – California – San Diego County.

CONTENTS LIST:

Box 1 
Folder 1 
OP 17127/0-29Construction of the San Diego Civic Center (now County Administration Building), 1936-1937.
Folder 2 
OP 17127/30-48Construction of the San Diego Civic Center (now County Administration Building), 1936-1937, including views of the finished building.
Folder 3 
OP 17127/49-56The Design Center building at 3601 5th Avenue, ca. 1949. Includes a photograph of Lloyd Ruocco standing in front of the building.
Folder 4 
OP 17127/57-65Exterior and interior views of the Ruocco residence located on 5481Toyon Drive in the Alvarado Estates, 195-.
Folder 5 
Op 17127/66-67Views of San Diego Zoo exhibits including Children’s Zoo [?] between 1957 and 1961.
Folder 6 
OP 17127/68-74Exterior views and construction of the KOGO AM/FM-TV studios, ca. 1964.
Folder 7 
OP 17127-75Artist’s rendering of the Security First National Bank in Carlton Hills, ca. 1961.
Folder 8 
OP 17127/76-95Interior and exterior views of the Geophysics Building on the University of California at San Diego campus, 1964.
Folder 9 
OP 17127-96Artist’s rendering of the Avocado Professional Group Medical and Dental Center, ca. 1967.
Folder 10 
OP 17127/97-107Artist’s renderings and interior and exterior views of the San Diego Civic Theater, 1973. Includes views of the construction of the theater and Community Concourse.
Folder 11 
OP 17127/108-114The Design Center’s decorated model home by Ilse Ruocco.
Folder 12 
OP 17127/115-118Interior and exterior views of a church, name and location unknown.
Folder 13 
OP 17127/119-123Miscellaneous views including a model of a church, fountain, and sculpture by Donal Hord.
Box 2 — Oversize 
Folder 14 
OP 17127/124-125.1Portraits of Lloyd and Ilse Ruocco.
Folder 15 
OP 17127/125.2-134Interior views of the Ruocco residence in La Mesa, including view of the bathroom with a live apple tree towel bar.
Folder 16 
OP 17127/135-141Interior views of the Ruocco residence in La Mesa.
Folder 17 
OP 17127/142-150Exterior views of the Ruocco residence in La Mesa.
Folder 18 
OP 17127/151-154Mostly interior views of the Geophysics Building on the UCSD campus, ca. 1964.
Folder 19 
OP 17127-155Photograph of Pioneer Church located on Fairfield Street in Clairemont.
Folder 20 
OP 17127/156-157Exhibit of Ruocco’s work [?]; unidentified fountain sculpture.
Slides 
Folder 21 
OP 17127/158-173Color slides of the Design Center; the John J. Montgomery Wing, a memorial designed by Ruocco; a living room, designed by Ruocco [?]
Album 
Folder 22 
Album 1 OP17127/174-199.Lloyd Ruocco’s disbound portfolio containing photographs of his home in La Mesa.
Negatives 
Located in SDHC Negative Files 99:19895-19901Design Center building on 5th Avenue, matches OP 17127/49-56.
2002/001.31-34Ruocco residence in La Mesa; portraits of Lloyd and Ilse Ruocco, matches OP 17127/124-127.
2002/001.47-49Ruocco residence in La Mesa, matches images from Album 1.