Lloyd Ruocco Collection.
DATES OF MATERIAL:
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.
San Diego Historical Society
Booth Historical Photograph Archives
P.O. Box 81825
San Diego, CA 92138
Gift of Ralph T. Ruocco, 1992 (822-D).
Open for research.
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.
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.
Architecture – California – San Diego County.
Houses – California – San Diego County.
Buildings – California – San Diego County.
Building construction – California – San Diego County.
|OP 17127/0-29||Construction of the San Diego Civic Center (now County Administration Building), 1936-1937.|
|OP 17127/30-48||Construction of the San Diego Civic Center (now County Administration Building), 1936-1937, including views of the finished building.|
|OP 17127/49-56||The Design Center building at 3601 5th Avenue, ca. 1949. Includes a photograph of Lloyd Ruocco standing in front of the building.|
|OP 17127/57-65||Exterior and interior views of the Ruocco residence located on 5481Toyon Drive in the Alvarado Estates, 195-.|
|Op 17127/66-67||Views of San Diego Zoo exhibits including Children’s Zoo [?] between 1957 and 1961.|
|OP 17127/68-74||Exterior views and construction of the KOGO AM/FM-TV studios, ca. 1964.|
|OP 17127-75||Artist’s rendering of the Security First National Bank in Carlton Hills, ca. 1961.|
|OP 17127/76-95||Interior and exterior views of the Geophysics Building on the University of California at San Diego campus, 1964.|
|OP 17127-96||Artist’s rendering of the Avocado Professional Group Medical and Dental Center, ca. 1967.|
|OP 17127/97-107||Artist’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.|
|OP 17127/108-114||The Design Center’s decorated model home by Ilse Ruocco.|
|OP 17127/115-118||Interior and exterior views of a church, name and location unknown.|
|OP 17127/119-123||Miscellaneous views including a model of a church, fountain, and sculpture by Donal Hord.|
|Box 2 — Oversize|
|OP 17127/124-125.1||Portraits of Lloyd and Ilse Ruocco.|
|OP 17127/125.2-134||Interior views of the Ruocco residence in La Mesa, including view of the bathroom with a live apple tree towel bar.|
|OP 17127/135-141||Interior views of the Ruocco residence in La Mesa.|
|OP 17127/142-150||Exterior views of the Ruocco residence in La Mesa.|
|OP 17127/151-154||Mostly interior views of the Geophysics Building on the UCSD campus, ca. 1964.|
|OP 17127-155||Photograph of Pioneer Church located on Fairfield Street in Clairemont.|
|OP 17127/156-157||Exhibit of Ruocco’s work [?]; unidentified fountain sculpture.|
|OP 17127/158-173||Color slides of the Design Center; the John J. Montgomery Wing, a memorial designed by Ruocco; a living room, designed by Ruocco [?]|
|Album 1 OP17127/174-199.||Lloyd Ruocco’s disbound portfolio containing photographs of his home in La Mesa.|
|Located in SDHC Negative Files 99:19895-19901||Design Center building on 5th Avenue, matches OP 17127/49-56.|
|2002/001.31-34||Ruocco residence in La Mesa; portraits of Lloyd and Ilse Ruocco, matches OP 17127/124-127.|
|2002/001.47-49||Ruocco residence in La Mesa, matches images from Album 1.|