Designed the California landmark, Bob's Big Boy restaurant, in 1949, as well as the first resort hotel on the Vegas strip, 1941's El Rancho Vegas. Created the circular drive-in Southern California restaurants, Simon's, Herbert's, and Robert's.
He dropped out of high school; he designed the Agua Caliente Casino and Hotel in 1928, his first major commission. He designed the Biltmore Bowl, which was home to several Academy Awards ceremonies.
He was a leader in Googie architecture, a style influenced by cars and the Space Age.
His parents were residing in San Diego when he was born.
He designed the Fremont Hotel in Las Vegas, where Wayne Newton got his start.