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Male, US, born 1873-01-14, died 1954-10-19

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Hobart and Cheney, Architects; Hobart, Lewis P., Architect

Professional History


Draftsman, New York, NY, 1904-1906; Principal, Lewis P. Hobart, Architect, San Francisco, CA.

Hobart, like many architects from around the country, came to San Francisco after the Great Earthquake and Fire eager to find work. Having worked in New York, a city of modern skyscrapers, Hobart became knowledgeable about the details and techniques of steel frame construction, a skill which set him apart from many of his contemporaries. His first office was located in the Crocker Building, San Francisco, CA; over the years, he would work on several occasions for the Crocker Family and its interests.

Partner, Hobart and Cheney, Architects, San Francisco, CA, c. 1928.

Surviving buildings of his from 1908 include the Postal Telegraph Building at 22 Battery, the Jewelers Building at 150 Post, the Commercial Building at 825-33 Market, and the White Investment Co. Building at 280 Battery.

Hobart became a Licensed Architect in the State of CA in 10/1906, obtaining License # B429. Member, American Academy in Rome, Italy; Member, Society of Beaux-Arts Architects.

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA).

Drawings for the Kjerstad House, (Hillsborough, CA, n.d.), White Investment Company Building (San Francisco, CA, 1907), and the Fireman's Fund Insurance Company Building (San Francisco, CA, 1913-1914) and Shredded Wheat Company building (Oakland, CA, 1915-1916), are housed at the University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design, Archives, Berkeley, CA, in the Lewis P. Hobart Collection. Additionally, Lewis Hobart's photographs of Grace Cathedral were housed in the Weihe, Frick and Kruse Collection at the UCB CED Archives. (See Lewis P. Hobart (1873-1954),"Accessed 08/24/2011.)


Hobart attended prep schools on the East Coast; B. Arch., University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA; M. Arch., University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA; he became acquainted with Bernard Maybeck while at the University of California, and attended an atelier led by Maybeck at his Berkeley residence. Maybeck, a product of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, encouraged talented young architects to aspire to the same training. Coursework, American Academy, Rome, Italy, c. 1899-1900; coursework, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France, 1901-1903;



Hobart was born in Saint Louis, MO, and died at his residence in San Francisco, CA, at the age of 81.


His mother's maiden name was Easton.

Biographical Notes

Member, Bohemian Club, San Francisco, CA; Member, Pacific Union Club, San Francisco, CA; first President, San Francisco Art Commission, 1932; Hobart possessed one of CA's best libraries of architectural books.

The Architect and Engineer indicated in its 08/1912 issue noted that Hobart had been the victim of a home burglary: "The residence of Lewis P. Hobart, architect and clubman of Hillsborough, was entered by burglars twice last month. Articles valued at several hundred dollars were taken away from the dining-room and the main floor of the house. The family and the servants had retired. The first burglary took place a few nights previous. After that the Hobarts sent their valuable jewels and plate to San Francisco vaults." (See "Architect's Home Robbed," Architect and Engineer, vol. 30, no. 1, 08/1912, p. 112.)

According to Hobart's obituary in the New York Times, he was an expert in Mexican art and archaeology, particularly that of the Mayan culture. (See "Lewis P. Hobart, Coast Architect," New York Times, 10/20/1954, p. 29.)

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  • San Francisco, CA (Architect's Death)
    San Francisco, CA

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PCAD id: 1141

Alexander Building, San Francisco, CASan FranciscoCA
Berkeley Unified School District, Willard, Francis, Junior High School, Berkeley, CA 1916BerkeleyCA
California Academy of Sciences, Museum #1, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA1915-1916San FranciscoCA
Chidester, W.C., House
City and County of San Francisco, Parks Commission, Fleishhacker Zoo, San Francisco, CA1929San FranciscoCA
Cravens House, Pasadena, CA1929PasadenaCA
Crocker, William H., House, Hillsborough, CA1912-1915HillsboroughCA
Del Monte Properties Company, Hotel Del Monte #3, Monterey, CA1927-1928MontereyCA
Episcopal Diocese of California, Grace Cathedral, Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA1927-1964San FranciscoCA
Grant, Joseph Donohoe, House #2, Hillsborough, CA1912HillsboroughCA
Jewelers Building, San Francisco, CA1908San FranciscoCA
Kjerstad, H.S., House, Hillsborough, CAHillsboroughCA
Macy's Department Store, Union Square, San Francisco, CA1928San FranciscoCA
Mills, Darius Ogden, Building, Financial District, San Francisco, CA1890-1891San FranciscoCA
Newhall, George A., Sr., House, Hillsborough, CA1912-1916HillsboroughCA
Oakland Unified School District, Lakewood School, Oakland, CAOaklandCA
Oakland Unified School District, Washington School, Oakland, CAOaklandCA
Pacific Union Club, Hobart Club House Design Competition Project, Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA1908San FranciscoCA
Postal Telegraph Building, San Francisco, CA1907-1908San FranciscoCA
Saint Luke's Hospital, San Francisco, CA1912San FranciscoCA
Shredded Wheat Company, Factory, Oakland, CA1915-1916OaklandCA
Taylor, William, Hotel, San Francisco, CASan FranciscoCA
United States Government, Postal Service (USPS), Main Post Office, Portland, OR1916-1918PortlandOR
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Hospital #1, San Francisco, CA1917San FranciscoCA