Clinton Day (1846-1916)

Gump's in San Francisco Gump's
135 Post Street, San Francisco
20 February 2012
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Gump's is an old San Francisco specialty store, first built in 1861 for Solomon Gump and remodeled after the fire by Clinton Day for A. Livingston Gump with the particular idea of providing a setting for Asian art work.

The existing building is a handsome design which is still closer than most in appearance to mid-19th century San Francisco commercial buildings. In composition, it is a modified Renaissance palazzo. It is a brick building with wood posts and is clad along its main facade in Colusa sandstone. Its dark color, distinctive design, gabled parapet, and red awnings, all contribute to its importance as a major element along Post Street.

From Splendid survivors: San Francisco's Downtown Architectural Heritage by Michael R. Corbett

The following obituary was published, above the fold, on the first page of the Berkeley Daily Gazette, January 11, 1916.

Clinton Day, well known architect, died early this morning at his home 2427 Bancroft Way, following a brief illness of heart trouble. Day designed some of the best known buildings on the University [UC Berkeley] campus, the Stanford Memorial Chapel, Union Trust Company building, Wells Fargo Nevada National Bank building and the City of Paris in Chicago [sic]. He was 68 year old.

Day was a graduate of the old College of California in Oakland in 1865, a year before it was created into [sic] the University of California and moved to Berkeley. At the ceremonies which celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the University of California, held in 1910, he was signally honored by the university with the degree of LL.D.

Day's father was Sherman Day, at one time surveyor-general of the United States, and surveyor of the first highway extending across the United States from ocean to ocean. His grandfather, Jeremiah Day, was for thirty years president of Yale University.

He was born in Brooklyn in 1847 and came to California as a boy in 1855. He was one of five graduates from the College of California in 1868 and ten years later established his home in Berkeley, living here until the time of his death. Day was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and of the Faculty and Union League clubs. He was one of the leaders of his profession in the state and highly honored and esteemed by associates in his work.

Name Year Address City Sort Address Sort Name
Golden Sheaf Bakery19052069-2071 Addison StreetBerkeleyAddison 2069Golden Sheaf Bakery
Treadwell Mansion18755212 BroadwayOaklandBroadway 5212Treadwell Mansion
City of Paris1906Geary and Stockton Streets San FranciscoGeary City of Paris
Union Trust Bank1910744 Market Street San FranciscoMarket 0744Union Trust Bank
Underwriters Fire Patrol1910147 Natoma StreetSan FranciscoNatomaUnderwriters Fire Patrol
Gump's1906135 Post StreetSan FranciscoPost 0135Gump's
UC Berkeley Budd Hall1897UC BerkeleyUC Berkeley Budd Hall
UC Berkeley Agriculture Building1887UC BerkeleyUC Berkeley Agriculture Building

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