Bay Area Architects: William H. Weeks
William Henry Weeks designed hundreds of buildings including many schools, banks, and libraries. He was well known for his monumental Greek Revival neoclassical style of architecture, although he also employed other architectural styles. His offices were based in various parts of the San Francisco Bay area throughout his career. Weeks designed hundreds of structures in over 161 Californian cities, as well as several buildings in Nevada and Oregon. Many of his buildings are still in use.
William H. Weeks was one of California's most prolific architects. His works extend throughout Northern and Central California and include everything from a wooden footbridge over the Pajaro River to the exotic Paso Robles Bath House. His style is diverse, ranging from the flamboyant to the plain, from Victorian to reinforced concrete.
Born January 18, 1864 on Prince Edward Island, Weeks moved with his family to Denver where he received his architectural training at the Berger Institute. Weeks opened an office in the new James Flood Building in San Francisco in 1905 and was instrumental in rebuilding that city after the 1906 earthquake and fire.
Weeks designed many Carnegie Libraries. The Evening Pajaronian of May 13, 1908 reported that Weeks had designed more libraries and banks throughout the state than any other architect. His staff grew to more than thirty as he opened offices in San Jose and Oakland. The May 1915 issue of Architect and Engineer was devoted entirely to his work.
Weeks designed twenty-two Carnegie libraries between the years 1902 and 1921, spanning nearly the entire Carnegie period. From 1906 through 1911, he designed one Spanish Revival Carnegie Library and eight Classical Revival Carnegie Libraries, of which seven were the temple style,.
Eighteen of Weeks' Carnegie Libraries are still standing. Six are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Nine of his Classical Revival libraries are extant, including all seven of his temple style buildings: pedimented, columned, mostly of brick with quoins. As a group, these are the familiar "look-alike Carnegies": Gilroy, Paso Robles, Livermore, Lompoc, Richmond, Oroville, and Roseville.
|Name||Year||Address||City||Sort Address||Sort Name|
|Bank of Tracy||801 Central Avenue||Tracy||Central 0801||Bank of Tracy|
|Cardinal Hotel||1924||518-581 Ramona Street||Palo Alto||Ramona 0518||Cardinal Hotel|
|Carnegie Library: Bayliss||1917||7830 County Road 39||Bayliss||Highway 039||Carnegie Library: Bayliss|
|Carnegie Library: Gilroy||1909||195 Fifth Street||Gilroy||Street 05 0195||Carnegie Library: Gilroy|
|Carnegie Library: Livermore||1911||2155 3rd Street||Livermore||Street 03 2155||Carnegie Library: Livermore|
|Carnegie Library: Lompoc||1911||200 South H Street||Lompoc||Street H S 0200||Carnegie Library: Lompoc|
|Carnegie Library: Oakland Melrose Branch||4805 Foothill Boulevard||Oakland||Foothill 4805||Carnegie Library: Oakland Melrose Branch|
|Carnegie Library: Orland||1920||333 Mill Street||Orland||Mill 0333||Carnegie Library: Orland|
|Carnegie Library: Oroville||1912||1675 Montgomery Street||Oroville||Montgomery 1675||Carnegie Library: Oroville|
|Carnegie Library: Roseville||1912||557 North Lincoln Street||Roseville||Lincoln N 0557||Carnegie Library: Roseville|
|Carnegie Library: Santa Cruz||1915||705 Woodrow Avenue||Santa Cruz||Woodrow 0705||Carnegie Library: Santa Cruz|
|Carnegie Library: South San Francisco||1916||306 Walnut Avenue||South San Francisco||Walnut 0306||Carnegie Library: South San Francisco|
|Carnegie Library: Yolo||1918||200 Sacramento Street||Yolo||Sacramento 0200||Carnegie Library: Yolo|
|Carnegie Library: Yreka||1915||412 West Miner Street||Yreka||Miner W 0412||Carnegie Library: Yreka|
|Colusa Grammar School||425 Webster Street||Colusa||Webster 0425||Colusa Grammar School|
|Holloway House||1903||7539 Eigleberry Street||Gilroy||Eigleberry 7539||Holloway House|
|Hotel Woodland||1927||426 Main Street||Woodland||Main 0426||Hotel Woodland|
|Inyo County Courthouse||1921||168 North Edwards Street||Independence||Edwards N||Inyo County Courthouse|
|Lee House||1894||128 East Beach Street||Watsonville||Beach E 0128||Lee House|
|Lettunich Building||1914||406 Main Street||Watsonville||Main 0406||Lettunich Building|
|Madison House||1926||335 East Lake||Watsonville||Lake E 0335||Madison House|
|Mariposa County High School Auditorium||1936||5074 Old Highway North||Mariposa||Old Highway 5074||Mariposa County High School Auditorium|
|Old Bank of America Building||1925||710 Main Street||Red Bluff||Main 0710||Old Bank of America Building|
|Paso Robles Carnegie Library||1908||City Park||Paso Robles||City Park||Paso Robles Carnegie Library|
|Porter Building||1913||501-511 Main Street||Woodland||Main 0501||Porter Building|
|Porter-Vallejo Mansion||29 Bishop Street||Pajaro||Bishop 0029||Porter-Vallejo Mansion|
|Porter-Vallejo Mansion||1874||29 Bishop Street||Pajaro||Bishop 0029||Porter-Vallejo Mansion|
|Powerhouse||1908||South Perimeter Road and Cuesta Avenue||San Luis Obispo||South Perimeter||Powerhouse|
|Saint Mary's Parish||1906||515 Main Street||Red Bluff||Main 0515||Saint Mary's Parish|
|San Luis Obispo Carnegie Library||1905||696 Monterey Street||San Luis Obispo||Monterey 696||San Luis Obispo Carnegie Library|
|Sargent House||1896||154 Central Avenue||Salinas||Central 0154||Sargent House|
|Turlock High School||1574 East Canal Drive||Turlock||Canal E 1574||Turlock High School|
|West Side Bank||47 West 6th Street||Tracy||Street 06 W 0047||West Side Bank|
|Wheeler Hospital||1929||650 Fifth Street||Gilroy||Street 05 0650||Wheeler Hospital|
|Winters City Hall||1916||318 First Street||Winters||Street 01 0318||Winters City Hall|
|Yolo County Courthouse||1917||725 Court Street||Woodland||Court 0725||Yolo County Courthouse|