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Male, US, born 1828, died 1907-07-10

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Babson, Seth, Architect


Professional History

Résumé

Principal, Seth Babson, Architect, Sacramento, CA, 1866-1875. His office was located at 189 J Street from at least 1866 until 1869. (See Sacramento, California, City Directory, 1866, p. 164 and Sacramento, California, City Directory, 1869, p. 206.) Babson left Sacramento for San Francisco, CA, in either 1875 or 1876. The prolonged economic stagnation in the US following the Panic of 1873 may have prompted Babson to relocate to the larger and perhaps more resilient San Francsico.

Principal, Seth Babson, Architect, San Francisco, CA, 1876-1887. According to the San Francisco City Directory, 1876, (p. 864), Babson had an office at 320 California Street, and maintained this in 1877 (SeeSan Francisco City Directory, 1877, [p. 465].) Two years later, he occupied Room #47 in the office building at 310 Pine Street in San Francisco. (See San Francisco City Directory, 1878, p. 133.) The San Francisco, California, City Directory, 1883, (p. 1106), had his office at 318 Pine Street. He was also listed at 318 Pine in the San Francisco City Directory, 1887, (p. 1278).

Principal, Seth Babson, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1888. The Los Angeles Business Directory of 1888 (p. 768) indicated that Seth Babson ("formerly of S.F.") operated a Los Angeles office at 75 North Spring Street.

Principal, Seth Babson, Architect, San Francisco, CA, c. 1891-1903. Babson had an office at 408 California Street in 1891. (See San Francisco, California, City Directory, 1891, p. 1498.) In 1903, the architect maintained an office in the Phelan Building. (See the Crocker-Langley Directory of San Francisco, 1903, p. 2000.)

Professional Activities

Babson was elected to the State of California Board of Architecture in 04/1907, a few months before his death in 08/1907.

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1881.

Personal

Relocation

Born in ME, Babson may have arrived in Sacramento, CA, in 1866. A note in the Sacramento Great Register of 1872, listed his date of registration (presumably for voting) as 12/27/1866. He was 38 years old in that year. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation California State Library; California History Section; Sacramento, California; California Biological Collection: Sacramento County Great Register; Year: 1866; Reel: 25; California History Room: Microfilm 734, accessed 12/11/2018.)

The Sacramento, California, City Directory, 1876, (p. 99) indicated that while Babson practiced in San Francisco, he still had a residence in Sacramento on the northwest corner of 7th and O Streets.

He lived at 2203 Fillmore Street in San Francisco, CA. He registered to vote in the city on 10/23/1876, having come from Sacramento. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation California State Library, California History Section; Great Registers, 1866-1898; Collection Number: 4 - 2A; CSL Roll Number: 44; FHL Roll Number: 977099,accessed 08/16/2016.)

By 01/21/1878, Babson had moved to Alameda's 3rd Ward, but continued to commute to San Francisco to work. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation, California State Library, California History Section; Great Registers, 1866-1898; Collection Number: 4 - 2A; CSL Roll Number: 1; FHL Roll Number: 976447,accessed 08/16/2016.)

At age 59, Babson resided on the southeast corner of Railroad and Walnut Streets in Alameda. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation California State Library, California History Section; Great Registers, 1866-1898; Collection Number: 4 - 2A; CSL Roll Number: 2; FHL Roll Number: 976448, accessed 08/16/2016.)

Spouse

He married Juanita S. Babson.



Associated Locations

  • Modesto, CA (Architect's Death)
    Modesto, CA

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