Clarence Joseph Paderewski

Architect | 1908-2007

C.J. ‘Pat’ Paderewski was born in Cleveland before his family moved to Los Angeles before relocating to San Diego in 1935. As a principal of the firm Paderewski, Mitchell and Dean AIA Architects, Pat was a design leader, mentor and advocate for smart design and planning throughout his adult life.

Anthony's Fish Grotto (1960) La Jolla

Clarence Joseph ‘Pat’ Paderewski was born on July 23, 1908 in Cleveland, Ohio. His family moved to Los Angeles in 1920. Following his graduation from Benjamin Franklin High School in Los Angeles (in 1926), Pat attended one year at UCLA and completed his BA in Architecture in 1932 at Cal.

One year after moving to San Diego, in 1935, Mr. Paderewski would garner 3rd prize in the National Design Competition of a Residence for Structural Clay Products (1936). Mr. Paderewski began teaching drafting, architecture and related subjects in 1939 for San Diego Unified School District. Between teaching Evening High School (1939-1944), War Training Program (1943-1944) and UC Extension (1944-1957) classes, C.J. Paderewski would define himself as more than an architect but a real contributor to San Diego. He opened his first office in 1944.

In 1946, Pat assumed the responsibility (on behalf of the AIA) of "working with one of the San Diego Evening newspapers in furnishing an article each week, together with photographs or sketches, of a house designed by an architect."

During a long career leading his firm with partners Delmar S. Mitchell and Louis A. Dean (Paderewski, Mitchell and Dean AIA Architects), Pat would stake claim on a number of "firsts". He was "the first architect to advocate the use of colors in elementary schools" he led the John J. Montgomery School in Otay to be the first school (in 1946) "in which interesting colors were used in interiors and exteriors." Recognized for designing the first school to utilize radiant heat (via hot water in the floor) in 1947 in San Marcos, Pat was an innovator early on. The firm would also establish the first pre-fabricated plywood wall and roof panel systems used in several schools to meet the economics of rapid construction (in 1948). Pat also secured many accolades for the first exterior all-glass elevator on the El Cortez Hotel (1956) and a forward-thinking Buckminster Fuller-esque geodesic dome on the Palomar College campus.

In his 1957 FAIA sponsorship application, the San Diego Chapter of the AIA (at the time led by Chapter President Sim Bruce Richards) noted "It is his philosophy that an architect can, and should, contribute of himself at every possible opportunity, that his community may be a better place in which to live for himself and his neighbor. He is strong in the belief that good architecture provides the environment for children and adults which will result in an enlightened generation. He also believes that it is the architect's mission to preach the gospel of good architecture at every opportunity in order that an ever increasing percentage of our people will appreciate and demand good architecture."

Over the years the firm employed Fred Livingstone, Fred Chilcott, Rich Albrecht, Olaf Oxford, Ed Pinoni, Ed Malone, Bob Jones, Walt Nelson, Bob Myrdal, George Markle, Don Innis, Dave Tennebaum, Art Hoelck, Delmar Mitchell, Louis Dean, Frank Stevenson, Luciano Zecchin, Matt Plagwitz, Jack Madison, Don Goldman, Dan Perkins, Jack Carpenter, Bill Caldwell and many others.

Partial List of Projects

Anthony's Fish Grotto (1960)
La Jolla

Anthony's Fish Grotto (1960)
9530 Murray Drive, La Mesa
*Renderings published in March 1960 issue of San Diego & Point

1000 10th Street, Coronado

Ballantyne Buick (ca. 1957)
San Diego
*Photographed by Julius Shulman

Bank of America (1962)
801 3rd Avenue, Chula Vista

Bank of America
1275 Rosecrans Street, Point Loma

Bayside Elementary School (1960)
490 Emory Street, Imperial Beach

Big Bear Supermarket (ca. 1957)
*Photographed by Julius Shulman

Bowling Center AKA Bowlero
1895 Camino Del Rio South, Mission Valley

Central Elementary School (1953)
1290 Ebony Street, Imperial Beach
*Photographed by Julius Shulman

Chase Avenue Elementary School
195 E. Chase Avenue, El Cajon

College View Apartments (1958)
5420 55th Street, College Area

Coronado City Hall (1957)
*Recognized at the 1964 United Masonry Association of San Diego Awards

Coronado Municipal Pool (1964)

Dabkovitch Building (1961)
3211 Fifth Avenue, Downtown

Ducommun Metal & Supply Co. (1954)
National City

El Cortez Hotel Remodel (1956-57)
Cortez Hill, Downtown

El Cortez Travelator
Cortez Hill, Downtown

Electri-Living Home (1958)
5752 Calvin Way, Del Cerro
*Built by Jackson & Scott; Sponsored by San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Walter Broderick & Associates (Interiors), General Electric, Living for Young Homemakers Magazine, and University Heating & Air Conditioning Co.

Emory Elementary
1915 Coronado Avenue, Imperial Beach
*Photographed by Julius Shulman

First Federal (1963)
Chula Vista

Fletcher Hills Building (1957)
2300 Block of Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon

General Atomics
La Jolla
*With Pereira & Luckman

County General Hospital (1960-1963)
West Dickinson Street, San Diego
*Award of Merit, AIA San Diego 1960; with Wulff & Fifield and E.L. Freeland

Hallahan, Timothy V. Residence (1955-57)
5686 Dorothy Way, College Area
*Drawings, dated 9/28/55, state 'Residence for Mr. & Mrs. Timothy V. Hallahan' by C.J. Paderewski AIA, Delmar S. Mitchell AIA, Louis A. Dean AIA Architects when their office was located at 206-521 B Street.

J.C. Penney Building
Garnet & Hornblend, Pacific Beach

John J. Montgomery School (1946)
1601 4th Avenue, Chula Vista

KCBQ Radio (ca. 1957)
San Diego
*Photographed by Julius Shulman

La Jolla Coast Apartments (1964)
Coast Boulevard, La Jolla

Lutheran Congregational Church (1968)
2770 Glebe Road, Lemon Grove

Paderewski Residence #1 (1955)
7055 La Jolla Scenic Drive, La Jolla
*Demolished. Photographed by Julius Shulman

Paderewski Residence #2 (1960)
Kalmia Place, South Park

Paderewski Residence #3 (1980)
Kalmia Place, South Park

Palomar College (1956-59)
1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos
*Most noted (San Diego & Point 12/57, 3/59) is the Buckminster Fuller-esque Dome (1958), originally the Physical Education Building. Recognized at the 1964 United Masonry Association of San Diego Awards. Photographed by Julius Shulman on January 21, 1957.

Pomerado Elementary School (1960)
12321 Ninth Street, Poway

Private Residence (1951)
1555 Loring Street, Pacific Beach

Rancho Presidio Motel

Rohr Aircraft Corporation

San Diego Blood Bank (1957)

San Diego County Medical Society (1957)
4th and Walnut, Bankers Hill

San Diego International Airport (1967)
3665 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego

School (1947)
San Marcos

Stardust Motor Hotel
950 Hotel Circle, Mission Valley

State Division of Highways Building (1953)
Taylor Street, Old Town
*With Adrian Wilson, Architect

St. Mary's Catholic Church (1958)

St. Mary's Parochial School

St. Paul's Manor (1963)
2nd Avenue and Nutmeg Street, Bankers Hill
*Recognized at the 1964 United Masonry Association of San Diego Awards

US-Mexico Border Station
San Ysidro

War Memorial Building (1950)
2125 Park Boulevard, Hillcrest
*Proposed project, unbuilt

Wetherell, Mr. & Mrs. J.G. Residence (1954-55)
8760 Alpine Avenue, La Mesa

Wherry Housing Project (1953)
895 Units, Kearny Mesa
East of Highway 395 and Aero Drive