The Arthur Brown, Jr. Papers largely document the buildings
designed by Arthur Brown, Jr. as a member of the firms Bakewell & Brown (1905-1927)
and Arthur Brown, Jr. and Associates (1927-1950), through manuscript materials and drawings.
Records also reflect the professional career of Arthur Brown, Jr., and, to a lesser extent,
the personal life of the architect.
Arthur Brown, Jr. was born in 1874 in Oakland, California, the only child of upper middle
class parents Arthur Brown, Sr. and Victoria Runyon Brown. Arthur Brown, Sr., was an
engineer for Central Pacific Railroad during the completion of the transcontinental
railroad in the 1860s. His position as the Superintendent of the Bridges and Buildings
Dept put him in close contact with the powerful leaders of the Central Pacific. Along with
his regular work for the railroad, including design of the Oakland Mole and the train car
ferry Solano, Brown, Sr. was also the chosen construction manager for the Crocker, Hopkins
and Stanford mansions in San Francisco. Brown, Jr. later benefited tremendously from these
connections: the Big Four and their families provided him with many commissions throughout
his career. Mark Hopkins' son, Timothy Hopkins, was in large part responsible for giving
many Stanford University commissions to Brown.When Brown returned to the United States in 1904, the Beaux-Arts style was very much in
vogue. The "White City" of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago, with its
Greek, Roman, and Baroque inspired buildings and bountiful sculpture, had popularized the
style. The firm of Bakewell & Brown dissolved in 1927, although the two former partners
continued to collaborate on many later projects, most notably several buildings on the
Stanford University campus. After the dissolution, Brown established his own firm, Arthur
Brown, Jr. and Associates, while Bakewell formed Bakewell & Weihe with longtime
employee Ernest Weihe.
Number of containers: 107 boxes, 4 oversize boxes, 575 oversize folders, 225 rolled
Linear feet: approximately 390
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