Portrait of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt


Donald Armand Luscomb painted this portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1937 for a contest sponsored by the historic Spreckels Theatre in downtown San Diego, this portrait was exhibited briefly in the mezzanine balcony of the Spreckles Theatre and later displayed in the foyer of the Cabrillo Theater near old Horton Plaza as a tribute to President Roosevelt. Mr. Luscomb's children donated the painting to the County Administration Center art collection in 2006. The painting was restored and reframed with funding from the District 4 community projects fund. Display of the portrait at the County Administration Center serves as a fitting tribute to our nation's 32nd president, given his role in authorizing funding for its construction.

Donald Armand Luscomb (1913-2004) was born in San Diego's Golden Hills neighborhood and grew up in the city's Burlingame and South Park communities. From an early age, Mr. Luscomb's artistic interests were nurtured by his mother, Norla, herself a talented and prolific painter of local landscapes and waterscapes. His skills were further honed at San Diego State College where he studied art and sculpture in the 1930's. Among his tutors were Everett gee Jackson and Donal Hord, both renowned artists of international acclaim. Mr. Hord's sculpture, Guardian of the Waters, graces the Harbor Drive entrance to the County Administration Center. Proficient in the use of various media such as pen and ink, pencil, oils, acrylics and copper plate etching, Mr.Luscomb generally preferred to express himself through humorous cartoons, comical illustrations and limericks. A man of many talents, Mr. Luscomb was also an accomplished golfer and claimed the 1938 men's championship at San Diego's Balboa Park Municipal Golf Course.

The Board of Supervisors acknowledges and thanks the Luscomb family for their gift of this portrait to the County Administration Center permanent art collection.

Location: County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway, First Floor lobby