Theodore Binner Studios drawings

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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


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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