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John Corneby Wilson Austin

John Corneby Wilson Austin, British architect. Fellow American Institute Architects (past president Southern California Chapter), Royal Society Arts; member American Society of Civil Engineers; Mason (32 degree); member Al Malaikah Shrine.


  • Austin, John Corneby Wilson was born on February 13, 1870 in Bodicote, Oxfordshire, England. Son of Richard Wilson and Jane Elizabeth Austin.

  • Education

    • Educated private schools. Apprentice course in architecture.


    • Married 2d, Dorothy Kathleen Bell. February 5, 1935. Practiced architecture since 1894 in Los Angeles, California. Associate with Frederic M. Ashley, 1912-1937.

      Designed and supervised construction Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, California State Building, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Griffith Observatory, Saint Pauls Church (all in Los Angeles). One of three firms to design and supervise building of Los Angeles City Hall. Past chairman for Southern California of President Hoover’s organization for unemployment relief.

      Past president State Board of Architectural Examiners and past member Southern District. Member Committee of Seven appointed to adjust claims resulting from failure of San Francisquito Dam in 1928. Chairman Citzens Committee of Metropolitan Water District.

      Member President Roosevelt’s Labor Mediation Board (Los Angeles District). Chairman Legislative Advisory Committee on Defense and Employment (State of California 1940). Past president Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.


    Fellow American Institute Architects (past president Southern California Chapter), Royal Society Arts. Member American Society of Civil Engineers. Mason (32 degree); member Al Malaikah Shrine.

    Clubs: Jonathan (past president), Lincoln.


    • Married Hilda Violet Myton, August 16, 1902 (died November 25, 1931).
    • father: Richard Wilson
    • mother: Jane Elizabeth Austin
    • spouse: Hilda Violet Myton
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    Born February 13, 1870