Ernest Coxhead Collection, 1919-1988

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Arts and Humanities--Architecture History--California History--Bay Area History History--California History Geographical (By Place)--California Geographical (By Place)--California--Bay Area

Ernest Coxhead Collection, 1919-1988

Collection Number: 1983-1

Environmental Design Archives



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Contact Information:

  • Environmental Design Archives
  • College of Environmental Design
  • 230 Wurster Hall #1820
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Berkeley, California, 94720-1820
  • Phone: (510) 642-5124
  • Fax: (510) 642-2824
  • Email: archives@socrates.berkeley.edu
  • URL: http://www.ced.berkeley.edu/cedarchives/
Processed by:
Environmental Design Archives staff
Date Completed:
January 1999
Encoded by:
Campbell J. Crabtree
Funding:
Arrangement and description of this collection was funded by a grant from the Getty Foundation.
© 1999 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Collection Title: Ernest Coxhead Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1919-1988
Collection Number: 1983-1
Creator: Coxhead, Ernest, 1863-1933
Extent: 1 half box, 3 oversize folders
Repository: Environmental Design Archives. College of Environmental Design. University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, California
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in the collection should be discussed with the Director.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ernest Coxhead Collection, (1983-1), Environmental Design Archives. College of Environmental Design. University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, California

Access Points

Architects--California.
Architecture--California.

Biography

Ernest Albert Coxhead was born in Eastbourne, England in 1863. He received his architectural training at the Royal Academy and Architectural Association in London. In 1886, Coxhead moved with his brother Almeric to Los Angeles, where the two began their archtitecture practice. Four years later they moved to San Francisco, where they remained until retirement.
At the beginning of his career, Ernest Coxhead focused on designing churches, primarily in the Gothic Revival style. His church of St. John the Evangelist in the Mission District was destroyed by the 1906 fire, but his Episcopal Church in Petaluma, California, and eleven (out of 17) church buildings remain in California.
After the mid 1890s, Coxhead focused on residential designs. He was involved in the emergence of the Arts and Crafts style in California, and his designs reflect that style. His residences include townhouses in San Francisco and large homes in Palo Alto, Alameda, and Berkeley.
From 1918 to 1919, Coxhead went to LeMans, France, to organize and direct the A.E.F. School of Architecture for members of the United States armed forces stationed in France. He was subsequently appointed Chief of the University Extension Field Work of the Fine Arts Department at the University School of Architecture in Beaune, France.
Coxhead returned to the United States and lived in Berkeley until his death in 1933.

Scope and Content

The Ernest Coxhead collection consists of photographs and drawings of residences designed by Coxhead and Coxhead, photographs of the A.E.F. School of Architecture in LeMans (circa 1919), and miscellaneous clippings of images and poetry. Coxhead's personal papers, professional papers, and a few project photos were donted to the archives in 1983, but the majority of project-related records were acquired separately by various donors.

Related Collections

Title: Ernest Coxhead drawings, designs, and blueprints,
Identifier/Call Number: 71/127c,
Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library

Series Description

Box 1

I. Personal Papers, n.d., 1932

Scope and Content Note

Consists of original poetry, clippings, photographs, greeting card.
Box 1

II. Professional Papers, 1919

Scope and Content Note

Contains photographs from the A.E.F., LeMans, France (1919). Sepia photographs of European monuments.
Box 1

III. Projects, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Comprised of photographs (reprints) of the Loy residence.
Box 1, Flat Files

IV. Additional Donations

 

A. Loy Residence, Berkeley, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Blueprints.
 

B. Sonntag Residence, San Francisco, ca. 1975

Scope and Content Note

Consists of photostats of drawings.
 

C. Torrey Residence, Berkeley, 1905-1906

Scope and Content Note

Blueprints.
 

D. Williams Residence, Palo Alto, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Contains specifications, color photographs, and drawings.