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Thomas, John Hudson Collection, 1913-1940
2015-05  
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Description
The John Hudson Thomas collection span 28 linear feet and date from circa 1913 to circa 1940. The collection is composed primarily of architectural drawings and reprographic copies of residences and some commercial buildings in the San Francisco Bay area (Berkeley, Piedmont, Richmond, and Oakland). Specifications for the Anthony A. Gertrude residence, the Julia S. Hackney residence, the Ida Wickson residence, and the First National Bank; along with photographs and negatives of the Boise and Kelly residences, also compose the collection.
Background
John Hudson Thomas was born in 1878 in Nevada and moved to northern California as a young child. In 1902, Thomas graduated from Yale and then went on to graduate school in architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, graduating in 1904. From 1904 to 1906, he worked for the architect John Galen Howard. In 1907, Thomas formed a partnership with architect George Plowman and together they completed fifty residential projects in the Arts & Craft style. In 1910, Thomas went into practice independently. Well-known projects include: the Hume Cluster in Buena Vista Hills, the Capitan Maury residence, and the Spring Mansion in Berkeley. John Hudson Thomas died in 1945.
Extent
28 Linear Feet: 9 flat file drawers and 1 document box
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in the collection should be discussed with the Curator.
Availability
Collection is open for research. Many of the Environmental Design Archives collections are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use.
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