Roger S. Hong was an architect who
worked primarily on commercial projects in California from the 1960s-2001. Hong was
actively involved in efforts to revitalize Chinatown in Los Angeles, and the
collection features early drawings of the building of “New Chinatown” in the late
1930s, and proposals by Hong for renovations and improvements in the
1980s-2000s. The collection also includes samples of Hong's other professional projects, as well as his childhood artwork,
student work, and Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity scrapbooks (1960-1962) from the University of Southern California.
Roger S. Hong (September 23, 1941 - October 27, 2006) was born in Los Angeles,
California, the youngest son of You Chung Hong (Y. C. Hong) and Mabel Hong. He earned his
Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California in 1965,
followed by a Master of Science degree in City and Regional Planning in 1968. He was
certified in many states, including California, to practice as a licensed architect.
Some of his notable architectural projects include: the Thomas & Mack Center
arena at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; the United Bank headquarters (Los Angeles, CA); Kun Lun Hotel
(Beijing, China); Hotel Nikko (Beverly Hills, CA); the Y. C. Hong residence (Los
Angeles, CA); Chieh Shou Sports Park (Taipei, Taiwan); Kaiser Richmond Medical
Center (Richmond, CA); Froedtert Memorial Hospital (University of Milwaukee, WI);
KCET Public Television headquarters (Los Angeles, CA); and various buildings and
facilities in and around the Los Angeles Chinatown area. After working at several
firms, he co-founded the architectural firm Arechaederra/Hong/Treiman Architects in
1981. Hong retired from his firm in 1993 and devoted himself to preserving the Hong
family history, the restoration and preservation of Los Angeles' Chinatown, and
various charitable and community causes.