The Herbert Alden Collection documents five residential projects completed for private clients in the San Francisco Bay Area
between the years of 1911-1922, as well as a file of unidentified drawings. Project documentation consists of drawings.
Herbert O. Alden was born on September 13, 1888 in San Francisco. In San Francisco he attended the Mark Hopkins Institute
of Art (Nob Hill). Alden also studied at the University of California and the Ateliers-Beaux Art in San Francisco. In San
Francisco he was employed by Bliss & Faville from 1912-1916, for commercial and institutional design. Alden continued in commercial
and institutional design for George W. Kelham, where he was a associate member of the firm, and involved in designs for the
University of California at Los Angeles. From 1922 to 1932 Alden had his own practice for residential work in the East Bay,
and received his license to practice architecture in 1925. In 1932 Alden joined Shell Union Oil Corporation as a Supervising
Architect for the North American region. Alden returned to private practice, first in Mexico City from 1937 to 1939, then
in Beverly Hills from 1939 to 1945 (the last known date of his practice).
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