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Male, UK/US, born 1850-09-02, died 1925-10-16

Associated with the firms network

Curlett and Cuthbertson, Architects; Curlett, Eisen, and Cuthbertson, Architects; Eisen, Cuthbertson and Peirce, Architects; Mooser and Cuthbertson, Architects


Professional History

Résumé

Partner, Eisen, Cuthbertson and Peirce, Architects, San Francisco, CA, 1883; in 1883, the firm Eisen, Cuthbertson and Peirce had their office located in an office building at 218 Post Street in San Francisco. (See the San Francisco, California, City Directory, 1883, p. 1106.)

Principal, Walter J. Cuthbertson, Architect, Oakland, CA, 1888. In 1888, Cuthbertson had an office 824 28th Street in Oakland, CA. (See Oakland, California, City Directory, 1888, p. 61.)

Partner, Mooser and Cuthbertson, San Francisco, CA, 1890- .

City Architect, City and County of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA. He acted as City Architect of San Francisco under Mayor James Duval Phelan and Mayor Schmitz. His obituary said of him: "Cuthbertson was City Architect during the latter part of the Phelan and the first part of the Schmitz administrations and was active in plans for the reconstruction of San Francisco following the fire of 1906. He is believed to be the first of San Francisco architects to have advocated for 'two-story' streets as a solution to traffic problems of the future." (See "Veteran Architect of City Succumbs," unknown newspaper, 10/1925, page unknown.)

Professional Activities

Editor, California Architect and Building News.
Contributor, Architect and Engineer of California.
Cuthbertson authored "A Suggested Solution of Metropolitan Transit," for the Journal of the Technical Society of the Pacific Coast, an article on two-story streets.
He also authored an article entitled "Standard World Language for International Use." (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation California State Library; Sacramento, California; Biographical Files, accessed 04/19/2019.)

Education

College

Coursework, University of London, London, England.

Personal

Relocation

Cuthbertson was born in London, England, with his parents living in the vicinity of Westminster's Saint James Piccadilly Church in 1850. (See Ancestry.com, Source Information FreeBMD. England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006, accessed 04/22/2019.)

He came to the US during the 1870s, probably soon after his marriage in 1874. The US Censuses of 1900 and 1910, respectively, indicated that he arrived in 1874 and 1871. San Francisco's voter rolls for 1890 indicated that Cuthbertson was naturalized in the 12th District Court of San Francisco on 04/02/1878. He registered to vote in Alameda County, CA, on the following day, 04/03/2019. He resided in Oakland's Second Ward from at least 1878 until 1886. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation California State Library, California History Section; Great Registers, 1866-1898; Collection Number: 4 - 2A; CSL Roll Number: 76; FHL Roll Number: 977640, accessed 04/22/2019.) The Oakland, California, City Directory, 1884, located him living at 824 28th Street (p. 188).

He moved to San Francsico, CA, around 1890. His address in 1890-1892 was 2243 Market Street. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation California State Library, California History Section; Great Registers, 1866-1898; Collection Number: 4 - 2A; CSL Roll Number: 76; FHL Roll Number: 977640, accessed 04/22/2019.)

The architect lived from at least 1898 until 1925 in an apartment at 2265 Market Street in San Francisco. In 1900, he lived here with his wife, four children and a widowed boarder, Mrs. Philips, (born c. 1830 in Ireland), mother of 13 children. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation California State Library, California History Section; Great Registers, 1866-1898; Collection Number: 4 - 2A; CSL Roll Number: 112; FHL Roll Number: 977272, accessed 04/22/2019 and Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1900; Census Place: San Francisco, San Francisco, California; Page: 12; Enumeration District: 0123; FHL microfilm: 1240103, accessed 04/19/2019.)

Cuthbertson lived with his wife, and three of his children in an apartment at 2265 Market Street in San Francisco, CA, in 1910. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1910; Census Place: San Francisco Assembly District 34, San Francisco, California; Roll: T624_97; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0091; FHL microfilm: 1374110, accessed 04/19/2019.)

The architect died at his residence at 2265 Market Street at age 75.

Parents

His mother was Eliza Westwood, his father, John Cuthbertson.

Spouse

His wife wed Mary A. Leary in London, England, early in 1874. They married in Westminster, London. (See Ancestry.com, Source Information FreeBMD. England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837-1915 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006, accessed 04/22/2019.) According to the 1910 US Census, Mary entered the US in 1874. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1910; Census Place: San Francisco Assembly District 34, San Francisco, California; Roll: T624_97; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0091; FHL microfilm: 1374110, accessed 04/19/2019.)

Children

He and Mary had four children, all of whom were living in 1910. They included: Walter John (born c. 1876 in CA), May (born c. 1883 in CA) and Frederick (born 1886 in CA), C. George Cuthbertson, and Frederick Cuthbertson.

Walter John Cuthbertson resided at 2565 Market Street, according to San Francisco Voters' Rolls for 1898. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation California State Library, California History Section; Great Registers, 1866-1898; Collection Number: 4 - 2A; CSL Roll Number: 112; FHL Roll Number: 977272, accessed 04/22/2019.)

In 1925, at their father's death, C. George lived in Fairfax, CA, and Frederick resided in Napa, CA. At this time, Frederick worked as an Assistant Postmaster in Napa.

Biographical Notes

His biographical card filled out for the California State Library noted that he was a member of the League to Enforce Peace and was an "advocate of the United States of Earth."

Voters' records for 1892 listed Cuthbertson as standing 6-feet tall, with green eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation: California State Library, California History Section; Great Registers, 1866-1898; Collection Number: 4 - 2A; CSL Roll Number: 84; FHL Roll Number: 977601, accessed 04/22/2019.)

In 1910, Cuthbertson was a regisitered Republican, but voted Democratic in 1912. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation California State Library; Sacramento, California; Great Register of Voters, 1900-1968, accessed 04/22/2019.)



Associated Locations

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