Theodore C. Bernardi Collection, 1920-1934, 1955-1968

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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

Theodore C. Bernardi Collection, 1920-1934, 1955-1968

Collection Number: 1991-1

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: Theodore C. Bernardi Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1920-1934, 1955-1968
Collection Number: 1991-1
Creator: Bernardi, Theodore C., 1903-1990
Extent: 2 boxes, 1 flat file drawer
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], Theodore C. Bernardi Collection, (1991-1), Environmental Design Archives. College of Environmental Design. University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, California

Access Points

Architects--California.
Architecture--California.
Wurster, Bernardi, and Emmons
Historic American Buildings Survey

Biographical Note

Theodore C. Bernardi (1903 - 1990)
Theodore C. Bernardi was born in Korčula,Yugoslavia (then Austria-Hungary), in 1903. A year later, his mother and uncle brought him to the United States to join his father who was already in America. In 1906 the family returned to Yugoslavia where Bernardi attended school until the family once again moved to the U.S. in 1912. Bernardi studied architecture at the University of California, Berkeley; he earned his bachelor's degree in 1924 and continued with graduate studies. Over the next nine years he supplemented his academic studies by working as an architect and draftsman in a number of Bay Area firms, including the office of Timothy Pflueger.
Bernardi obtained his architectural license in 1933, and joined the firm of William W. Wurster the following year where, during the next eight years, he lead the design and construction of major Wurster office projects, including more than a dozen government housing projects. When William Wurster left the Bay Area for Harvard University to study and later become Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT from 1944 to 1950, Bernardi directed the Wurster office in San Francisco. And in 1944, an official professional partnership between Bernardi and Wurster was formed; Donn Emmons joined this partnership in 1946 and the firm Wurster, Bernardi & Emmons (WBE) was born. Bernardi was Principal-in-Charge of many major WBE projects, including the Schuckl Canning Company office building in Sunnyvale (1930), the Master Plan for University of California Santa Cruz (1962), the Ice House renovation in San Francisco's North Waterfront (1967), and the First Unitarian Church of Berkeley (located in Kensington). His own home in Sausalito (1950) won a 1956 AIA Award of Merit in 1956.
In addition to his work with WBE, Bernardi was a lecturer in the UC Berkeley Department of Architecture between 1954 and 1971. In 1962 he was elected to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects, and in 1965 WBE won the AIA Architectural Firm Award Medal. Though his role in the firm became less active during the 1970s, Bernardi continued to work on projects until his death in 1990.

Scope and Content

The Theodore C. Bernardi collection is arranged in three series: Personal Papers, Professional Papers, and Project Records. The bulk of the collection consists of drawings, though some correspondence is also included. The first series, Personal Papers, contains Bernardi's student drawings, which include books of basic drawing exercises as well as elaborately rendered presentation boards. Bernardi's professional papers contain minimal correspondence, drawings of the San Carlos Presidio Church (Monterey) completed as part of the Historic American Buildings Survey and some unidentified competition boards. The final series contains records of residences designed and built for Mr. and Mrs. Russell Giffen.

Related Collections

Title: Wurster, Bernardi, and Emmons Collection,
Identifier/Call Number: 1976-2,
Contributing Institution: Environmental Design Archives

Series Description

Box 1, Flat File

I. Personal Papers , 1920-1925

Scope and Content Note

Contains examples of student projects, including three volumes of basic drawing exercises as well as elaborate presentation renderings.
Box 1, Flat File

II. Professional Papers , ca. 1926-1934, 1967-1968

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence relates to Bernardi's responsibilities as juror for the R. S. Reynolds Memorial Award. Early work includes elevations, plans and detail drawings of the San Carlos Presidio Church of Monterey (completed for the Historical American Buildings Survey), a watercolor of the George Rolph Memorial and unidentified competition boards. Records from the Historical American Buildings Survey also include bulletins outlining HABS procedures.
 

A. Correspondence

 

B. Early Work

Boxes 1-2

III. Project Records , 1955-1966

Scope and Content Note

Includes records related to a chapel and two residences designed for Mr. and Mrs. Russell Giffen. Includes drawings and specifications, and two blueprints of drawings by Thomas Church.