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Charles William Dickey, Albert Lincoln Farr, William Sterling Hebbard Sr., Emile Schroeder Lemme, James William Reid, Merritt Jonathan Reid, Watson Elkinah Reid

Active 1880-1932

Firm Notes

The Reid Brothers began architectural operations in Evansville, IN, with James W. Reid and Merritt J. Reid from 1880-1891. James headed West in late 1886 with youngest brother Watson to open an office in San Diego, CA, which lasted until 1899. James then reestablished the firm's headquarters in San Francisco, CA, between 1889-1891; Merritt came West to open a Portland, OR, office in 1891 (created while the office designed the Portland Oregonian Newspaper Building) Watson remained in San Diego until 1899, when he chose to return to New Brunswick, Canada.

Reid Brothers' San Francisco office prospered with many commissions after the Great Earthquake of 04/18/1906, doing many commissions for schools and theatres in the Bay Area. Over the years, the Reid Brothers maintained offices in the Flood Building, Mills Building, and the Call Building. Offices in the Call Building occupied its 18th floor, then the tallest point in the city. James closed the Reid Brothers firm after Merritt's death in 1932.

PCAD id: 284


NameDateCityState
1st Congregational Church, Lower Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA1914San FranciscoCA
2646 Vallejo Street House, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA1917San FranciscoCA
Alexandria Theatre, San Francisco, CA1923San FranciscoCA
Amazon Theatre, Excelsior, San Francisco, CA1928San FranciscoCA
American Theatre #2, Mid-Market, San Francisco, CA 1906-1907San FranciscoCA
Avenue Theatre, Excelsior, San Francisco, CA1926-1927San FranciscoCA
Balboa Theatre #1, San Francisco, CA1922San FranciscoCA
Balboa Theatre #2, Outer Richmond, San Francisco, CA1925-1926San FranciscoCA
Bijou Theatre, San Francisco, CA1896San FranciscoCA
Breeden, Henry Clay, House, San Francisco, CA1894San FranciscoCA
Bullock and Jones Building #2, Union Square, San Francisco, CA1923San FranciscoCA
California-Pacific Building, San Francisco, CA1910San FranciscoWA
City and County of San Francisco, Recreation and Parks Department, Golden Gate Park, Spreckels Temple of Music, Music Concourse, San Francisco, CA1899-1900San FranciscoCA
City and County Of San Francisco, Recreation and Parks Department, Golden Gate Park Stadium, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco CA1906San FranciscoCA
City of San Rafael, Public Library, Carnegie Library, San Rafael, CA1908-1909San RafaelCA
Cliff House Restaurant #3, Sea Cliff, San Francisco, CA1908-1909San FranciscoCA
Cloud, Aaron G., House, McLeansboro, IL1882-1884McLeansboroIL
Coliseum Theatre #2, Richmond District, San Francisco, CA1918San FranciscoCA
Colombo Building, Financial District, San Francisco, CA1913San FranciscoCA
Colonial Theatre, San Francisco, CA 1905San FranciscoCA
Co-Op Apartment Building, San Francisco, CA1927San FranciscoCA
Cunningham Building, South of Market, San Francisco, CA1907San FranciscoCA
Douglas Building, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA1897-1898Los AngelesCA
Drexler and Preston Estates Building, Financial District, San Francisco, CA1910San FranciscoCA
Drexler Estate Building, Tenderloin, San Francisco, CA1907-1908San FranciscoCA
El Camino Theatre, San Rafael, CASan RafaelCA
Fairfax Theatre and Office/Retail Building, Fairfax, Oakland, CA1925-1926OaklandCA
Fairmont Hotel, Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA1902-1907San FranciscoCA
Fitzhugh Building #2, San Francisco, CA1923San FranciscoCA
Geneva Car Barn, San Francisco, CA1901San FranciscoCA
Grand Lake Theatre, Grand Lake, Oakland, CA1925-1926OaklandCA
Hale Brothers Department Store #2, South of Market, San Francisco, CA1912San FranciscoCA
Hale Brothers Dry Goods Store #1, San Francisco, CA 1902San FranciscoCA
Hale House, San Francisco, CA1910San FranciscoCA
Harding Theatre, Western Addition, San Francisco, CA1926San FranciscoCA
Hewes, David, Building, South of Market, San Francisco, CA1907-1908San FranciscoCA
Irwin, William G., House, San Francisco, CA 1900-1901San FranciscoCA
Keating, George and Fannie, House #2, Bankers Hill, San Diego, CA San DiegoCA
Masonic Building, Theatre, Gilroy, CA1920GilroyCA
McKeon and Saul Theatre, Martinez, CA1920MartinezCA
Merced Theatre #2, Merced, CA1930-1931MercedCA
Merritt Building, South Beach, San Francisco, CA1904San FranciscoCA
Merritt, Hulett C., Sr., Building, Los Angeles, CA1914-1915Los AngelesCA
Metropolitan Theatre #3, Cow Hollow, San Francisco, CA1923-1924San FranciscoCA
Mills, Darius Ogden, Building, Financial District, San Francisco, CA1890-1891San FranciscoCA
Mission Theatre #2, Mission District, San Francisco, CA1915-1917San FranciscoCA
Nisbet, Watkins F., House, Evansville, IN1878-1879EvansvilleIN
Oaks Theatre, Berkeley, CABerkeleyCA
Oregonian Building #2, Downtown, Portland, OR1891PortlandOR
Oregon Journal Building, Portland, ORPortlandOR
Pacific Union Club, Reid Brothers Club House Design Competition Project, Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA1908San FranciscoCA
People's National Bank of McLeansboro, Headquarters Building, McLeansboro, IL1880-1881McLeansboroIL
Perez, Lorenzo M., Building, San Francisco, CA1896San FranciscoCA
Reid, Merritt J., House, San Francisco, CA 1907San FranciscoCA
Riviera Theatre, Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, CA1927San FranciscoCA
Roosevelt Theatre, Mission District, San Francisco, CA1924San FranciscoCA
Rowell and Foley Theatre, Fresno, CA1920FresnoCA
Royal Theatre, Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA 1916San FranciscoCA
Saint Albans Apartments, San Francisco, CASan FranciscoCA
San Francisco Call Building #2, South of Market, San Francisco, CA1898San FranciscoCA
San Francisco Call-Post Building, South of Market, San Francisco, CA1914San FranciscoCA
Selfridge, Edward A. and Minnie L., Houses, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA1894San FranciscoCA
Sequoia Theatre, Mill Valley, CA1929Mill ValleyCA
Sherman, Leander S., House, San Francisco, CASan FranciscoCA
Spreckels, Claus, House #2, San Francisco, CA 1895-1897San FranciscoCA
Spreckels, Emma, Building, San Francisco, CA 1895San FranciscoCA
Spreckels, John Diedrich, Sr., House #2, San Francisco, CA1899San FranciscoCA
Spreckels, John Diedrich, Sr., House #3, San Francisco, CA1904-1905San FranciscoCA
Sterling Building, San Francisco, CA1907San FranciscoCA
Sutro, Adolph, House, Stable, San Francisco, CASan FranciscoCA
Taraval Street and 29th Avenue Theatre Project, San Francisco, CA1927San FranciscoCA
Theatre Saint Francis, Tenderloin, San Francisco, CA1916San FranciscoCA
Weed, Merritt Herman, House, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA1896San FranciscoCA
West Coast Theaters, Incorporated, Grand Lake Theatre, Oakland, CA1925-1926OaklandCA
Willard Library, Evansville, IN1884EvansvilleIN
Yeon Building, Portland, OR1911PortlandOR
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