The A.A. and A.M.
Cantin collection documents approximately fifty-six projects through textual
records, drawings and photographs. The collection is arranged in two series:
Office Records and Project Records. The office records include biographical
information, notable projects, and letters of recommendation.
Alexander (Aimwell) Cantin was born
March 4, 1876, and died in 1964. He is possibly best known for designing a
series of Pacific Telephone and Telegraph buildings in San Francisco and
collaborated with the firm of Miller and Pflueger on the 26-story, Coast
Division Building of the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company at 140 New
Montgomery Street. He designed the first permanent buildings on the campus of
the College of Marin, including the Science Building (1927), Harlan Hall (1929),
the gymnasium (1931) and the first unit of the Engineering building. (http://www.marin.cc.ca.us/lrc/photos/archive2.html). He is
also known for the number of movie theatres he designed throughout the Bay Area
beginning in the 1920s including the Orinda Theater and San Francisco's Coronet
Theater (now demolished) designed with his son. He was issued his architectural
license in 1901, and was a member of the AIA, with over 48 years of active
practice. Of lifelong interest to him was the design of decorative columns. He
was awarded patents for several of his column designs.
3 manuscript boxes, 2 flat file
for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in the collection
should be discussed with the Curator.
Collection is open for research.