Clarence Cullimore, Jr. was born in Bakersfield on April 12, 1926. He attended local schools and graduated from Bakersfield High School. World War II interrupted his education but after his service in the Navy he pursued a Bachelor of Architecture degree at the University of Southern California. Cully’s career was dedicated to architecture. He spent twenty-seven years working for the State of California and three years as the Director of Building Safety in Stockton, California. Over the course of his career he designed buildings for the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Atascadero and San Mateo School Districts.
His legacy can be found, perhaps, in the area of historic preservation. Cully spent fifteen years as Executive Director of the California State Historical Building Advisory Board. His tenure resulted in the development and adoption of the California State Historical Building Code and remains in effect today. He was awarded for his work with the President’s Award from the California Preservation Foundation.
See also: Clarence Cullimore Sr.