Roland Coate was among the most sought after architects working in the Spanish Colonial/Revival and Monterey styles that flourished in the 1920’s and 30’s in Los Angeles. This was a big boom period when Hollywood legends and industry moguls felt expansive and eager to showcase architectural talent. Roland Coate is known mainly for his lavish estates in San Marino, Pasadena, and Hancock Park, but his work can be seen father south in Orange County as well. Among his most famous were the Howard Hughes Estate in Hancock Park, originally built for Eva Fudger, homes for Jack Warner, David O. Selznick, George S. Patton (father of General Patton) and the All Saints Church in Pasadena.
Roland Coate partnered with two other noteworthy architects of this style, Reginald Johnson and Gordon Kaufmann. The three of them were responsible for many memorable homes and civic spaces in Los Angeles. The beautiful campus at Caltech is distinctive in its indigenous California style, due to the influence of Kaufmann’s and Coate’s architectural involvement in the early 1930’s.