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Records of Bernard J. S. Cahill, ca. 1889-1938
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Project Index
  • Related Collections

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Bernard J. S. Cahill records
    Dates: 1889-1938
    Collection number: 19XX-3
    Creator: Cahill, B. J. S. (Bernard J. S.), 1867-1964
    Collector: Environmental Design Archives
    Collection Size: 3 manuscript boxes, 5 oversize folders, 1 flat box, 2 artifacts
    Repository: Environmental Design Archives. College of Environmental Design.
    University of California, Berkeley.
    Berkeley, California
    Physical location: Environmental Design Archives University of California Berkeley, California, 94720-1820
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    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 Curator.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of Item], Records of Bernard J. S. Cahill, 19XX-3, Environmental Design Archives. College of Environmental Design. University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, California.

    Biographical Note

    Bernard Joseph Stanislaus Cahill was born in London, England in 1866. He is known for his cemetery architecture and for the design of the San Francisco Civic Center. He was also the architect for a number of other commercial buildings, including the Multnomah Hotel in Portland, Oregon and various buildings in Vancouver, B. C.
    Cahill arrived in the United States in 1888. He was married to Lida Boardman Hall in 1897, and to Laura Georgiana McClune in 1907. He and his second wife had one son, Bernard James Alban.
    At the start of his professional career in 1896, Cahill participated in the Phoebe Hearst competition for the design of the U. C. Berkeley campus. He was elected an Associate Member of the A.I.A. in 1899. He wrote articles for the "California Architect and Building News" and later for "The Architect and Engineer." An early advocate of city planning, Cahill helped to define the concept of a "civic center" with his 1904 design of the San Francisco Civic Center, which he felt was the basis for the plan adopted by the city in 1912. He continued to be involved in the plan for the city, and wrote letters to the editor and articles expressing his ideas on the proper plan.
    A specialist in mausoleum design and mortuary architecture, Cahill designed the catacombs and columbarium for the Cypress Lawn Cemetery, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (San Francisco), Evergreen Memorial Cemetery Memorial Building (Oakland), the St. Mary's Cemetery mausoleum (Sacramento), and the Diamond Head Memorial Park in Honolulu.
    He was listed in the San Francisco city directory under the partnership of Stone and Cahill from 1894-1895, and then starting in 1907 with architects George A.Wright and George Rushforth (in the firm Wright, Rushforth, and Cahill). He subsequently designed buildings (such as the Multnomah Hotel in Portland) as part of the team of Gibson and Cahill.
    In addition to designing buildings, Cahill invented the butterfly map, an octahedral system of projection for meteorology, geography, and geophysics. The map was designed to eliminate exaggeration at the top and bottom and distortion at the edges and sides found in traditional maps. The surface of the globe was represented by eight equilateral triangles. Cahill founded The Cahill World Map Co., which sold shares and promoted the map for educational and other uses.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Bernard J. S. Cahill collection is organized in five series: Personal Papers, Professional Papers, Office Records, Project Records, and the Cahill World Map Company.
    The bulk of the collection consists of Cahill's office records, which include photographs, clippings and scrapbooks that illustrate his completed projects. Project records primarily relate to funerary commissions, but letters and clippings about the San Francisco Civic Center are also included. The collection also contains a small number of records from the Cahill World Map Company, and personal and professional writings by Cahill.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Cahill World Map Co.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Architectural records.
    Architectural drawings.
    Architectural photographs.

    Project Index

    The following is a list of architectural projects from the Records of Bernard J. S. Cahill collection. For instructions on interpreting the Project Index, see The Guide to the Project Index at http://www.ced.berkeley.edu/cedarchives/pindex/guide.htm .
    The Project Index list is arranged alphabetically by Project/Client Name and contains information, where available, about the location, date, project type, collaborators, photographers, and formats for each project in the collection.

    Project/Client Name (location, date, project type) Collaborator (role), Photographer [Format - Ms=Manuscripts, Dr=Drawings, Ph=Photographs]

    • Brewery Design (Hong Kong; commercial) [Dr]
    • Calkins Newspaper Syndicate Building (San Francisco, CA; commercial) [Ph]
    • Civic Center "Plan to Beautify Market Street" (San Francisco, CA; 1899-1912; planning) Collaborator: Cahill [Dr]
    • Coleman Crypt (funerary) [Ph]
    • Curtis Crypt (funerary) Collaborator: Cahill [Ph]
    • Cypress Hill Memorial Park (Petaluma, CA; 1924; funerary) Collaborator: Cahill [Dr]
    • Cypress Lawn (Colma, CA; 1918-1920; funerary) Collaborator: Cahill [Ms, Dr, Ph]
    • De la Montanga Mausoleum at Cypress Lawn (San Francisco, CA; funerary) Collaborator: Cahill [Ph]
    • Diamond Head Memorial Park (Honolulu, HI; 1928-1930; funerary) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
    • Dohrmann Crypt (funerary) Collaborator: Cahill [Ph]
    • Evergreen Cemetery (Oakland, CA; 1916-1933; funerary) Collaborator: Cahill [Dr, Ph]
    • Guittard Company Building (San Francisco, CA; 1909; commercial) Collaborator: Wright, Rushforth & Cahill [Ms]
    • Haller Crypt (funerary) [Ph]
    • Halsten & Co. Building (commercial) [Dr]
    • Henry, C.K. Marble Skyscraper (Portland, OR; 1910; commercial) Collaborator: Gibson & Cahill [Dr]
    • Hewes Crypt (funerary) Collaborator: Cahill [Ph]
    • IOOF Alisal Lodge Crematory, Office, and Columbarium (Salinas, CA; 1935; funerary) Collaborator: Cahill [Dr]
    • IOOF Columbarium and Crematorium (San Francisco, CA; 1894; funerary) Collaborator: Cahill & T.P. Ross [Ph]
    • IOOF Home (San Jose, CA; recreational) Collaborator: Cahill [Dr]
    • Kohler & Chase Building (San Francisco, CA; commercial) Collaborator: Wright, Rushforth & Cahill [Dr]
    • Magnavox Company Building (Oakland, CA; ca. 1919; commercial) [Ph]
    • McKinley, William Memorial (San Francisco, CA; cultural) Collaborator: Cahill [Ph]
    • Meads Poultry Farm (Hayward, CA; commercial) Collaborator: Cahill [Ms, Ph]
    • Memorial Terrace Mausoleum (Glendale, CA; funerary) [Ph]
    • Multnomah Hotel (Portland, OR; 1911-1912; commercial) Collaborator: Gibson & Cahill [Dr, Ph]
    • Native Sons of the Golden West Building Design (1895; recreational) Collaborator: Cahill [Dr]
    • Norton, B.W. Manufacturing Company (Hayward, CA; 1920; commercial) Collaborator: Cahill [Dr]
    • Pacific Mausoleum-Columbarium (Oakland, CA; 1933; funerary) Collaborator: Cahill [Dr]
    • Pashmore, Sir Francis Residence (San Francisco, CA; 1936; residential) Collaborator: Cahill [Dr]
    • San Francisco City Hall Competition (San Francisco, CA; governmental) Cahill [Dr]
    • San Francisco City Hall Temporary Building (San Francisco, CA; governmental) Collaborator: Wright, Rushforth & Cahill [Dr]
    • Santa Cruz Mausoleum (Santa Cruz, CA; 1928; funerary) Collaborator: Cahill [Ms, Ph]
    • Seamen's Institute (San Francisco, CA; recreational) [Ph]
    • Skaggs, M.B. Residence (Piedimont, CA; residential) [Ph]
    • St. Mary's Mausoleum (Sacramento, CA; ca. 1930; funerary) [Ms, Ph]
    • Sunset View Cemetery (Berkeley, CA; funerary) Collaborator: Cahill [Dr]
    • Terbush Hotel at Powell & Clay Streets (San Francisco, CA; 1907; commercial) Collaborator: Wright, Rushforth & Cahill [Ms, Ph]
    • Unidentified Church (religious) Collaborator: Wright, Rushforth & Cahill [Ph]
    • Unidentified Church (religious) Collaborator: Wright, Rushforth & Cahill [Ph]
    • Unidentified Columbarium (Fresno, CA; funerary) Collaborator: Cahill [Dr]
    • Unidentified Library (1909; educational) Collaborator: Wright, Rushforth & Cahill [Dr]
    • University of California Phoebe Hearst Architectural Competition (CA; educational) Collaborator: [Dr]
    • Vancouver City Hall (Vancouver, WA; governmental) Collaborator: Wright, Rushforth & Cahill [Ph]
    • West Coast Soap Company Plant (Oakland, CA; 1919; commercial) Collaborator: Cahill [Dr]
    • Woodlawn Memorial Park (Colma, CA; 1932; funerary) Collaborator: Cahill [Ms, Dr, Ph]
    • Wright, Rushforth & Cahill Office at 571 California St. (San Francisco, CA; commercial) Collaborator: Wright, Rushforth & Cahill [Dr]

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