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 six 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 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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2021-2031 Baker Street
2021-2031 Baker Street
2032-2034 Baker Street
Built 1904
Photographed 19 December 2019
2032-2034 Baker Street by Meyer and O'Brien 2032-2034 Baker Street is on the right.

The fine Stick-Eastlake cottage on the left at 2038 Baker Street was built in 1891. The Roman-arch window is atypical and striking. There is no architect of record. The cottage was probably designed by the carpenter who built it, a typical practice for the period.

2032-2034 Baker Street
Built 1902
Photographed 19 December 2019

This two-unit residential building was designed by Frederick Meyer and Smith O'Brien.

2480 Broadway
Photographed 17 October 2019

Emabarcadero YMCA
166 The Embarcadero
Built 1924
Photographed 10 January 2020
2195 Green Street
Built 1914
Photographed 21 January 2020
1916 Octavia Street
Built 1899
Photographed 14 May 2012

In 1898, Samuel Newsom hired 22 year-old Meyer as a draftsman but rapidly promoted him to partner. Together they designed 1916 Octavia and 1901 Pacific, both in 1899.

1901 Pacific Avenue
Built 1900
Photographed 17 October 2019

In 1898, Samuel Newsom hired 22 year-old Meyer as a draftsman but rapidly promoted him to partner. Together they designed 1916 Octavia and 1901 Pacific, both in 1899.

2430 Pacific Avenue

2430 Pacific Avenue The brick fence is in front of the adjacent property at 2440 Pacific Avenue.

2430 Pacific Avenue
Built 1917
Photographed 17 October 2019
445 Sutter Street by Frederick Meyer
445 Sutter Street by Frederick H. Meyer
447 Sutter Street by Ivan C. Frickstad
Sir Francis Drake Hotel by Weeks & Day

445 Sutter Street by Frederick H. Meyer and 447 Sutter Street by Ivan C. Frickstad Both 445 Sutter and 447 Sutter were built for PG&E.

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Building
445 Sutter Street
Built 1916
Photographed 28 November 2019

"A typical, beautifully detailed office building by Frederick Meyer, exhibiting his characteristic mastery of textures and colors and fine use of terra cotta ornamentation.... An intricate black iron fire escape is utilized for its decorative and textual qualities...."

From Splendid Survivors by Michael R. Corbett, 1979.
2595 Washington Street
Photographed 5 September 2019
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