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Bay Area Architects: Albert Pissis

National Register #82002180: Bank of Eureka Building Bank of Eureka Building in Eureka, California
Built 1911 - Photographed 7 July 2007
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Albert Pissis

Albert Pissis, who was the first San Francisco architect to study at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris, is credited with introducing the Beaux Arts style to San Francisco.

Pissis was born in Guaymas, Mexico, to a French father and Mexican mother. The family moved to San Francisco when Pissis was six.

In 1882, after his studies in Paris, Pissis and his partner, William P. Moore, designed a number of buildings in the popular Queen Anne and Eastlake styles (see San Francisco Landmark 168, Vale House, for an example. With his 1892 design for the Hibernia Bank, Pissis joined the Classical Revival movement.

He was important in the rebuilding of San Francisco after the 1906 Earthquake and Fire.


Buildings Designed by Albert Pissis Sequenced By Year and Name
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Name Year City
Vale House1885San Francisco
Hibernia Bank1892San Francisco
Emporium1896San Francisco
Flood Building1904San Francisco
Temple Sherith Israel1904San Francisco
Roullier Building1907San Francisco
Anglo and London Paris National Bank1908San Francisco
Borel Building1908San Francisco
Charleston Building1908San Francisco
Rosenstock Building1908San Francisco
White House Department Store1908San Francisco
California Casket Co.1909San Francisco
Mechanics Institute1909San Francisco
Misses Butler Building1909San Francisco
Rochat Cordes Building1909San Francisco
W. P. Fuller Building1909San Francisco
Bank of Eureka1911Eureka
University House1911Berkeley
Health Sciences Library1912San Francisco
Savoy Hotel1913San Francisco

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