John Walter Kruse (1918-2000)


Kruse, John Walter

Personal Information

Birth/Death:    AIA notified of decease 2/21/2002
Occupation:    American architect
Location (state):    CA

This record has not been verified for accuracy.

AIA Affiliation

Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 1951-decease

Biographical Sources

American Architects Directories:
Biographical listing in Addenda section of 1956 American Architects Directory
Biographical listing in 1962 American Architects Directory
Biographical listing in 1970 American Architects Directory

Related Records

Partner of Henry Hill

Archival Holdings

The American Institute of Architects Archives
      Membership file may contain membership application, related correspondence. Contact the AIA Archives at archives@aia.org for further information.

Environmental Design Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Collection Number: 2002-2. Extent: 1 box, 1 tall box, 5 cartons, 1 flat file drawer, and 1 tube. The Hill & Kruse Collection is comprised of two boxes, five cartons, and two flat file drawers of material primarily consisting of project files and drawings of their many projects, most of which are private residences in the Bay Area. Also included in the collection are materials that highlight Hill's early ideas and influences on his architecture, including the use of wood, the natural surrounding landscape, and Japanese architecture. In addition, there are folders of material publicizing Hill and Kruse's work.
The small series of personal papers includes mostly biographical information, in the form of applications and resumes from Hill and Kruse, as well as Kruse's student drawings and Hill's small collection of quotations. The professional papers contain a collection of writings by and about Hill and his projects, lectures given by Hill, and clippings collected by Hill as references. It is here that one sees Hill's emerging influences, in such articles as Wood in Living Architecture, Architecture in the Landscape, and The Individual in Architecture. Office records contain a diverse range of materials: client lists and ledgers, internal and external correspondence, published articles and promotional materials highlighting the architects' work, Kruse's master detail drawings, and information regarding Tenex, a product used by Hill in his homes. The project files include records, photographs, and drawings from the buildings and private residences that make up Hill's and Kruse's legacy. Many of their homes are located around the Bay Area, but there are also projects from across the country. Altogether the files contain records for 253 projects.. Major public buildings include the hiring hall of the International Longshoreman's and Warehouseman's Union in San Francisco and a chapel at the public hospital in Moline, IL.
Custodial History: The collection was received as unorganized records from John Kruse's family
Link to online finding aid at: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt7b69r6cf