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Robert Mosher, 1920-2015

Robert Mosher
Architect Robert Mosher sure made his mark on mid-century architecture and the city of San Diego. Mosher, who died July 26 at age 94, designed some of the iconic landmarks of California’s second largest city, including the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. The structure, with its broad scope and distinctive two-mile arc, joined Coronado Island and San Diego in 1969. Strangely, Mosher, ’43, initially opposed the building of the bridge because he didn’t want it to mar the cityscape. But then he volunteered to design it because he wanted it to serve as a proper symbol of the city. Though quick to share credit with the engineers, Mosher masterminded every detail of the project, down to the blue paint. Born in Greely, Colo., Mosher moved to California with his family in 1925. By age 9, when he built a workbench in the garage, he knew he wanted to be an architect. He studied in Los Angeles at the Art Center School and USC before coming to the UW to complete his architecture degree. In 1948, he co-founded a firm with Roy Drew in La Jolla. They designed more than 100 residences in San Diego County as well as an addition for the San Diego Museum of Art, the NBC tower in downtown San Diego, the Golden Door Spa, and, quirkily enough, the home office of Theodor Geisel, otherwise known as Dr. Seuss. What better chapter for a storybook career in architecture?

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