Bay Area Architects: Weeks & Day

Cathedral Apartments on Nob Hill 10 July 2012
Cathedral Apartments
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Weeks & Day (1916-1953)
Charles Peter Weeks (1870-1928)
William Peyton Day (1886-1966)

Charles Peter Weeks, a native of Ohio, studied at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

In 1899, he joined the firm of Howard & Cauldwell in New York City. Weeks had studied in Paris with the senior Howard & Cauldwell partner, John Galen Howard.

In 1901, when John Galen Howard moved to Berkeley to become supervising architect for the University of California, Weeks joined him as a designer. The association was brief. In 1903, Weeks and San Francisco architect Albert Sutton formed the partnership, Sutton & Weeks, with Weeks as the junior partner.

Albert Sutton left San Francisco in 1910 after divorcing his wife, and Weeks worked alone until 1916 when he joined forces with engineer William Peyton Day who had been in partnership with pioneering San Francisco reinforced concrete engineer John B. Leonard.

With Weeks as designer and Day as engineer, the firm specialized in theaters and apartment buildings.

Weeks & Day was most active immediately before Weeks died in 1928. Day continued the firm for twenty-five more years, closing it in 1953.

Name Year Address City Sort Address Sort Name
Brocklebank Apartments19261000 Mason StreetSan FranciscoMason 1000Brocklebank Apartments
California Theatre1927345 South First StreetSan Jose Street 01California Theatre
Cathedral Apartments19301201 California Street San FranciscoCaliforni 1201Cathedral Apartments
Doak Mansion191720 Mount Carmel DriveOakvilleMount CarmelDoak Mansion
Don Lee Cadillac Building19211000 Van Ness AvenueSan FranciscoVan Ness 1000Don Lee Cadillac Building
Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. Building1924233-241 Sansome StreetSan FranciscoSansome 0233Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. Building
Fox Theatre19281807-1829 Telegraph AvenueOaklandTelegraph 1807Fox Theatre
Hotel Sainte Claire1927302 Market StreetSan JoseMarket 0302Hotel Sainte Claire
Huntington Hotel19221075 California Street San FranciscoCalifornia 1075Huntington Hotel
Mark Hopkins Hotel1926850 Mason StreetSan FranciscoMason 0850Mark Hopkins Hotel
San Francisco Chronicle Building1924Fifth and MissionSan Francisco Street 05San Francisco Chronicle Building
Shriners' Hospital19231601 19th AvenueSan Francisco Avenue 19Shriners' Hospital
Sir Francis Drake Hotel1928450 Powell Street San FranciscoPowell 0450Sir Francis Drake Hotel
Stanford Theatre1925221 University Avenue Palo AltoUniversity 0221Stanford Theatre
Stell Building1921141-145 Montgomery StreetSan FranciscoMontgomery 0141Stell Building
San Francisco Chronicle Building by Weeks and Day

Mission Street Entrance to San Francisco Chronicle Building

San Francisco Chronicle Building in 1924 1924 Photograph
Courtesy San Francisco Architectural Heritage

San Francisco Chronicle Building
Fifth and Mission
Built 1924
Photographed 12 January 2020

Weeks and Day designed the Chronicle Building in the Gothic Revival style. Both this building and the Pacific Telephone building were influenced by Eliel Saarinen’s highly influential design for the Chicago Tribune Tower, drawn in 1922, but never built.

The exterior was remodeled during the 1960s to remove most of the Gothic detail and give the building an Art Deco appearance.

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