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Theodore Binner Studios drawings
SFH 588  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Theodore Binner Studios drawings
    Dates: circa 1928
    Collection Number: SFH 588
    Creator/Collector: Theodore Binner Studios
    Extent: 1 folder
    Repository: San Francisco Public Library. San Francisco History Center
    San Francisco, California 94102
    Abstract: Designs for fireplace mantels
    Language of Material: English


    The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk hours. Collections that are stored offsite should be requested 48 hours in advance.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.

    Preferred Citation

    Theodore Binner Studios drawings. San Francisco Public Library. San Francisco History Center

    Acquisition Information

    Gift, 2001-37

    Biography/Administrative History

    Theodore Binner was born in Germany in 1860 and came to San Francisco in 1889. In 1892, his voter registration identified him as a woodcarver. He married Sophie Mattfeldt in San Francisco in 1895. An architectural sculptor, the earliest reference to his plaster decorations shop is 1898, at 116 Diamond Street; the shop moved to 423-425 14th Street about 1902. Destroyed in the fire of 1906, the shop was rebuilt by 1914. Binner's son, Arthur, would eventually join him in the cast stone shop.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Plans and elevations for 33 designs for fireplace mantels; mantel drawings are numbered 100-157, with several drawings missing from that sequence. The undated, scaled designs are drawn in pencil on tissue, with drawing No. 157 in ink on drafting cloth.

    Indexing Terms

    Mantels -- California -- San Francisco.
    Mantels -- History -- 20th century.
    Architectural sculpture
    Fireplaces -- Design
    Factories -- California -- San Francisco -- History
    Binner, Theodore, d. 1940
    Theodore Binner Studios (San Francisco, Calif.)
    San Francisco (Calif.)
    Architectural drawings
    Interior design drawings