John Reid, Jr. (1879-1968)

San Francisco Landmark #259: Carnegie Library: Noe Valley Branch Noe Valley Carnegie Library
San Francisco Landmark #259
Built 1916
Photographed 29 January 2012
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John Reid was born and raised in San Francisco. He studied architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, and at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Except for his time in Paris, Reid lived in San Francisco.

Before opening his own firm, Reid worked as a draftsman for Willis Polk and Daniel Burnham.

As City Architect, he designed many important municipal buildings including public schools, firehouses and hospitals.

Blue Dots

In 2020, the San Francisco School Names Advisory Committee recommended that a school be renamed if the name of the school met any of the following criteria:

  • Anyone directly involved in the colonization of people.
  • Slave owners or participants in enslavement.
  • Perpetrators of genocide or slavery.
  • Those who exploit workers/people.
  • Those who directly oppressed or abused women, children, queer or transgender people.
  • Those connected to any human rights or environmental abuses.
  • Those who are known racists and/or white supremacists and/or espoused racist beliefs.

The committee compiled a list of forty-four schools that should be renamed. The list includes Junipero Serra Elementary, George Washington High School, Jefferson Elementary, Monroe Elementary, Abraham Lincoln High School, Roosevelt Middle School, Herbert Hoover Middle School, Paul Revere K-8, Francis Scott Key Elementary, John Muir Elementary, Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary, and Dianne Feinstein Elementary.

Five schools designed by Reid are on the list: Balboa High School, Commodore Sloat Elementary, Everett Middle School, Mission High School and Sherman Elementary School.

Three schools designed by Reid escaped the inquisition: Galileo High School, High School of Commerce, and Pacific Heights Elementary School.

Name Year Address City Sort Address Sort Name
Balboa High School19341000 CayugaSan FranciscoCayugaBalboa High School
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium191599 Grove StreetSan FranciscoGrove 099Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Commodore Sloat School192050 Darien WaySan FranciscoDarien 0050Commodore Sloat School
Engine Company No. 24 1914100 Hoffman AvenueSan FranciscoHoffman 0100Engine Company No. 24
Engine Company No. 4719131298 Girard StreetSan FranciscoGirard 1298Engine Company No. 47
Engine Company No. 819171648 Pacific AvenueSan FranciscoPacific 1648Engine Company No. 8
Everett Middle School1927450 Church StreetSan FranciscoChurch0450Everett Middle School
Galileo High School19271150 Francisco StreetSan FranciscoFrancisco 1150Galileo High School
High School of Commerce1926135 Van Ness AvenueSan FranciscoVan Ness 0135High School of Commerce
Laguna Honda Hospital375 Laguna Honda BoulevardSan FranciscoLaguna Honda 0375Laguna Honda Hospital
Mission High School19253750 18th StreetSan Francisco!Street 18 3750Mission High School
Noe Valley Carnegie Library 1916451 Jersey StreetSan FranciscoJersey 0251Noe Valley Carnegie Library
North End Police Station19122475 Greenwich Street San FranciscoGreenwich 2475North End Police Station
Pacific Heights Elementary School19242340 Jackson StreetSan FranciscoJackson 2340Pacific Heights Elementary School
Phi Delta Theta Chapter House 19142717 Hearst AvenueBerkeleyHearst 2717Phi Delta Theta Chapter House
San Francisco General Hospital1001 Potrero AvenueSan FranciscoPotrero 1001San Francisco General Hospital
Sherman Elementary School19271651 Union StreetSan FranciscoUnion 1651Sherman Elementary School
Union Iron Works Turbine Machine Shop (Demolished 1984)1918801 Marina Village ParkwayAlamedaMarina Village 0801Union Iron Works Turbine Machine Shop (Demolished 1984)
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