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Ernest Coxhead Collection, 1919-1988
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
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  • Scope and Content
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Collection Title: Ernest Coxhead Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1919-1988
    Collection Number: 1983-1
    Creator: Coxhead, Ernest, 1863-1933
    Extent: 1 half box, 3 oversize folders
    Repository: Environmental Design Archives. College of Environmental Design. University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    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 Director.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Ernest Coxhead Collection, (1983-1), Environmental Design Archives. College of Environmental Design. University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, California

    Access Points



    Ernest Albert Coxhead was born in Eastbourne, England in 1863. He received his architectural training at the Royal Academy and Architectural Association in London. In 1886, Coxhead moved with his brother Almeric to Los Angeles, where the two began their archtitecture practice. Four years later they moved to San Francisco, where they remained until retirement.
    At the beginning of his career, Ernest Coxhead focused on designing churches, primarily in the Gothic Revival style. His church of St. John the Evangelist in the Mission District was destroyed by the 1906 fire, but his Episcopal Church in Petaluma, California, and eleven (out of 17) church buildings remain in California.
    After the mid 1890s, Coxhead focused on residential designs. He was involved in the emergence of the Arts and Crafts style in California, and his designs reflect that style. His residences include townhouses in San Francisco and large homes in Palo Alto, Alameda, and Berkeley.
    From 1918 to 1919, Coxhead went to LeMans, France, to organize and direct the A.E.F. School of Architecture for members of the United States armed forces stationed in France. He was subsequently appointed Chief of the University Extension Field Work of the Fine Arts Department at the University School of Architecture in Beaune, France.
    Coxhead returned to the United States and lived in Berkeley until his death in 1933.

    Scope and Content

    The Ernest Coxhead collection consists of photographs and drawings of residences designed by Coxhead and Coxhead, photographs of the A.E.F. School of Architecture in LeMans (circa 1919), and miscellaneous clippings of images and poetry. Coxhead's personal papers, professional papers, and a few project photos were donted to the archives in 1983, but the majority of project-related records were acquired separately by various donors.

    Related Collections

    Title: Ernest Coxhead drawings, designs, and blueprints,
    Identifier/Call Number: 71/127c,
    Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library