Frederick Herman Meyer (1876-1961)

National Register #86000148: Y.M.C.A. Hotel
Y.M.C.A. Hotel in San Francisco
National Register #86000148
Built 1928
Photographed 12 March 2004
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San Francisco native, Frederick Meyer, who had no formal architectural training, was hired as a draftsman by builders Campbell and Pettus in 1896. In 1898, he went to work for architect Samuel Newsom, who soon promoted him to partner.

In 1902, Meyer entered into a partnership with Smith O'Brien. Their partnership lasted for 6 years.

Meyer opened his own office in 1908 in the Humboldt Bank Building which he had designed with O'Brien and which had been rebuilt after the 1906 Earthquake and Fire.

Mayor Sunny Jim Rolph Meyer appointed Meyer, John Galen Howard and John Reid, Jr., to lay out the plan for building a new Civic Center in conjunction with the rebuilding of City Hall.


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