Ernest Albert Coxhead (1863-1933)
Ernest Albert Coxhead was born in East Sussex, England. He became an architect through apprenticeship rather than academic training.
When he was fifteen, he began working for a civil engineer who designed public projects and residential developments. After five years, he moved to London where he restored gothic churches.
In 1886, Albert and his brother Almeric moved to Los Angeles. They established an independent practice and designed several Episcopal Churches in Southern California.
In 1890, the brothers moved to San Francisco. Their firm, Coxhead & Coxhead, built seventeen churches of which eleven are extant. Ernest designed the buildings, and Almeric managed the construction.
After the death of Coxhead's client, Episcopal Bishop William Kip, in 1893, Coxhead & Coxhead turned to residential work in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Alameda and Berkeley.
Coxhead's shingled Arts and Crafts vernacular buildings influenced Bay Area architects Bernard Maybeck, Julia Morgan, Edgar Mathews, Albert Farr and other practitioners of the First Bay Tradition.
The First Bay Tradition began in the 1880s as a reaction to the Victorian and Beaux-Arts architectural styles which were predominant at the end of the 19th century. Although the First Bay Tradition had much in common with the Eastern Shingle Style in the United Sates and the Arts and Crafts Movement in England, buildings designed in this style are unique to San Francisco, Berkeley, and other parts of the Bay Area.
First Bay Tradition buildings are characterized by:
In other words, pretty much everything a McMansion lacks.
|Name||Year||Address||City||Sort Address||Sort Name|
|Bridge over Stow Lake||1896||Golden Gate Park||San Francisco||Golden Gate Park||Bridge over Stow Lake|
|Brown-Smith House||1895||2600 Jackson||San Francisco||Jackson 2600||Brown-Smith House|
|Carnegie Library: Golden Gate Valley||1918||1801 Green Street||San Francisco||Green 1901||Carnegie Library: Golden Gate Valley|
|Carrigan House||1892||96 Park||San Anselmo||Park 96||Carrigan House|
|Chapel of St John the Evangelist||1891||1490 Mark Thomas Drive||Monterey||Mark||Chapel of St John the Evangelist|
|Churchill House||1892||486 Coombs Street||Napa||Coombs 0486||Churchill House|
|Coxhead & Coxhead House||1892||2421 Green||San Francisco||Green 2421||Coxhead & Coxhead House|
|Coxhead House||1891||37 East Santa Inez Avenue||San Mateo||Santa Inez||Coxhead House|
|Dettner Printing Co.||1909||835 Howard Street||San Francisco||Howard 0835||Dettner Printing Co.|
|Episcopal Church of the Messiah||1889||614 North Bush Street||Santa Ana||Bush||Episcopal Church of the Messiah|
|Ferguson House||1896||2511 Baker||San Francisco||Baker 2511||Ferguson House|
|Foothills Congregational Church||1914||461 Orange Avenue||Los Altos||Orange||Foothills Congregational Church|
|Garfield Intermediate School||1915||1414 Walnut Street||Berkeley||Walnut 1414||Garfield Intermediate School|
|Gillespie House||1894||2940 Jackson||San Francisco||Jackson 2940||Gillespie House|
|Holy Innocents Church||1890||455 Fair Oaks||San Francisco||Fair Oaks 0455||Holy Innocents Church|
|Home Telephone Company||1908||333 Grant||San Francisco||Grant 0333||Home Telephone Company|
|McFarland House||1895||400 Clayton Street||San Francisco||Clayton 0400||McFarland House|
|McGauley House||1891||2423 Green||San Francisco||Green 2423||McGauley House|
|Murdock House||1893||2710 Scott||San Francisco||Scott 2710||Murdock House|
|Osborn House||1896||3362 Clay||San Francisco||Clay 3362||Osborn House|
|Porter House||1901||3234 Pacific||San Francisco||Pacific 3234||Porter House|
|Prayerbrook Cross||1894||Golden Gate Park||San Francisco||Golden Gate Park||Prayerbrook Cross|
|Residence||1902||2535 Laguna||San Francisco||Laguna 2525||Residence|
|Residence||1912||3153 Pacific||San Francisco||Pacific 3153||Residence|
|Residence||1900||3647 Washington||San Francisco||Washington 3647||Residence|
|Rieber House||1904||15 Canyon Road||Berkeley||Canyon 0015||Rieber House|
|Sausalito Presbyterian Church||1909||112 Bulkley Avenue||Sausalito||Bulkley||Sausalito Presbyterian Church|
|Sonntag House||1897||2700 Scott||San Francisco||Scott 2700||Sonntag House|
|Spooner House||1899||2800 Pacific||San Francisco||Pacific 2800||Spooner House|
|St. John's Episcopal Church||1890||40 Fifth Street||Petaluma||Street 05 0040||St. John's Episcopal Church|
|St. Peter's Episcopal Church||1895||510 Jefferson Street||Red Bluff||Jefferson||St. Peter's Episcopal Church|
|Waybur House||1901||3232 Pacific||San Francisco||Pacific 3232||Waybur House|
|Williams House||1907||351 Homer Avenue||Palo Alto||Homer 0351||Williams House|