Bay Area Architects: William H. Weeks

National Register #78000657: Colusa Grammar School in Colusa, California Colusa Grammar School
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William H. Weeks (1864 - 1936)

William Henry Weeks designed hundreds of buildings including many schools, banks, and libraries. He was well known for his monumental Greek Revival neoclassical style of architecture, although he also employed other architectural styles. His offices were based in various parts of the San Francisco Bay area throughout his career. Weeks designed hundreds of structures in over 161 Californian cities, as well as several buildings in Nevada and Oregon. Many of his buildings are still in use.

Source: Wikipedia

William H. Weeks was one of California's most prolific architects. His works extend throughout Northern and Central California and include everything from a wooden footbridge over the Pajaro River to the exotic Paso Robles Bath House. His style is diverse, ranging from the flamboyant to the plain, from Victorian to reinforced concrete.

Born January 18, 1864 on Prince Edward Island, Weeks moved with his family to Denver where he received his architectural training at the Berger Institute. Weeks opened an office in the new James Flood Building in San Francisco in 1905 and was instrumental in rebuilding that city after the 1906 earthquake and fire.

Weeks designed many Carnegie Libraries. The Evening Pajaronian of May 13, 1908 reported that Weeks had designed more libraries and banks throughout the state than any other architect. His staff grew to more than thirty as he opened offices in San Jose and Oakland. The May 1915 issue of Architect and Engineer was devoted entirely to his work.

Source: NRHP Nomination for Julius Lee House

Weeks designed twenty-two Carnegie libraries between the years 1902 and 1921, spanning nearly the entire Carnegie period. From 1906 through 1911, he designed one Spanish Revival Carnegie Library and eight Classical Revival Carnegie Libraries, of which seven were the temple style,.

Eighteen of Weeks' Carnegie Libraries are still standing. Six are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Nine of his Classical Revival libraries are extant, including all seven of his temple style buildings: pedimented, columned, mostly of brick with quoins. As a group, these are the familiar "look-alike Carnegies": Gilroy, Paso Robles, Livermore, Lompoc, Richmond, Oroville, and Roseville.

Source: NRHP Nomination for the Oroville Carnegie Library

 

 

Name Year Address City Sort Address Sort Name
Bank of Tracy801 Central Avenue TracyCentral 0801Bank of Tracy
Cardinal Hotel1924518-581 Ramona Street Palo AltoRamona 0518Cardinal Hotel
Carnegie Library: Bayliss19177830 County Road 39 BaylissHighway 039Carnegie Library: Bayliss
Carnegie Library: Gilroy1909195 Fifth Street Gilroy Street 05 0195Carnegie Library: Gilroy
Carnegie Library: Livermore19112155 3rd Street Livermore Street 03 2155Carnegie Library: Livermore
Carnegie Library: Oakland Melrose Branch4805 Foothill Boulevard OaklandFoothill 4805Carnegie Library: Oakland Melrose Branch
Carnegie Library: Orland1920333 Mill StreetOrlandMill 0333Carnegie Library: Orland
Carnegie Library: Oroville19121675 Montgomery Street OrovilleMontgomery 1675Carnegie Library: Oroville
Carnegie Library: Roseville1912557 North Lincoln StreetRosevilleLincoln N 0557Carnegie Library: Roseville
Carnegie Library: Santa Cruz1915705 Woodrow Avenue Santa CruzWoodrow 0705Carnegie Library: Santa Cruz
Carnegie Library: South San Francisco 1916306 Walnut Avenue South San FranciscoWalnut 0306Carnegie Library: South San Francisco
Carnegie Library: Yolo1918200 Sacramento Street YoloSacramento 0200Carnegie Library: Yolo
Carnegie Library: Yreka1915412 West Miner StreetYrekaMiner W 0412Carnegie Library: Yreka
Colusa Grammar School425 Webster StreetColusaWebster 0425Colusa Grammar School
Holloway House19037539 Eigleberry Street GilroyEigleberry 7539Holloway House
Hotel Woodland 1927426 Main StreetWoodlandMain 0426Hotel Woodland
Inyo County Courthouse1921168 North Edwards Street Independence Edwards NInyo County Courthouse
Lee House1894128 East Beach Street WatsonvilleBeach E 0128Lee House
Lettunich Building1914406 Main Street WatsonvilleMain 0406Lettunich Building
Madison House1926335 East Lake WatsonvilleLake E 0335Madison House
Mariposa County High School Auditorium 19365074 Old Highway North MariposaOld Highway 5074Mariposa County High School Auditorium
Old Bank of America Building1925710 Main StreetRed BluffMain 0710Old Bank of America Building
Porter Building1913501-511 Main Street WoodlandMain 0501Porter Building
Porter-Vallejo Mansion29 Bishop Street Pajaro Bishop 0029Porter-Vallejo Mansion
Porter-Vallejo Mansion187429 Bishop StreetPajaroBishop 0029Porter-Vallejo Mansion
Saint Mary's Parish1906515 Main StreetRed BluffMain 0515Saint Mary's Parish
Sargent House1896154 Central Avenue SalinasCentral 0154Sargent House
Turlock High School1574 East Canal Drive TurlockCanal E 1574Turlock High School
West Side Bank47 West 6th Street Tracy Street 06 W 0047West Side Bank
Wheeler Hospital1929650 Fifth Street Gilroy Street 05 0650Wheeler Hospital
Winters City Hall1916318 First Street Winters Street 01 0318Winters City Hall
Yolo County Courthouse1917725 Court Street WoodlandCourt 0725Yolo County Courthouse

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