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Re: Vincent G. Raney AIA

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Posted by Ron Filion on Sunday, October 30, 2005 at 10:45:22 :

In Reply to: Vincent G. Raney AIA posted by Larry Anderson on Saturday, October 29, 2005 at 11:24:21 :

Well, I haven't yet found a direct connection to Frank Lloyd Wright. Raney was studying in Chicago in 1929. Wright founded the Taliesin Fellowship in 1932 with thirty apprentices. It would be interesting if Raney was one of them.

But, here's some background I have found on the internet:

The San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Jan 2002, had an obituary for him (available at sfgate.com). He passed away on New Year's Eve, 2001:

"RANEY, Vincent G. -- Born Oct. 17, 1905, in Loogootee, Indiana, and passed away Dec. 31, 2001. . .In 1929 he graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in architectural engineering, His San Francisco practice included 600 service stations, over 100 movie theaters, shopping centers, industrial buildings, churches and schools. Piloting his own plane for business and pleasure he was a member of the Sheriff's Air Squadron. ..."

Other interesting links:

This blurb was mentioned in connection with the book, "Suburban America 1930-1970: An Architectural Perspective," by Sharf, Frederic A., Newburyport Press, 2001.

"Vincent C. Raney, one of the architects mentioned in the book, made a name for himself in California as the designer of the new gas stations for the Associated Oil Company in San Francisco. Thanks to the rising cultural influence of the automobile in the 1950's, Associated Oil defined their marketing with the famous "Flying A" logo and by building stations that were easily visible at night...Among Raney's other accomplishments were his contributions to the development and design of the "tract home"--affordable, mass produced housing that became essential for returning G.I.'s the following year."
Source: Illustration Magazine, Volume 2, Number 5, January 2003
On the web at: http://illustration-magazine.com/pdf5.pdf

San Francisco Chinatown Theater, 1940, Vincent Raney, Architect

Something I wrote about an article I found about his "Sunshine House" in 1939:

Here's a San Francisco Chronicle story about the "Sunshine House"

Saint Ann Chapel, Palo Alto, Vincent Raney, Architect

Bank of Scotia, Vincent Raney, Architect

Mention of his death on New Year's Eve 2001


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