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Male, US, born 1864, died 1935-08

Associated with the firms network

Howard and Mathison, Architects; Howard and White, Architects; Maybeck, Howard and Mathison, Architects; Maybeck, Howard and White, Architects


The architect lived with his wife and two small sons in what the US Census of 1900 called "Township #2" in San Mateo County. The area had no street addresses listed in the census. Clearly, the neighborhood was affluent, as most nearby households employed large staffs of servants, and the Howards were no exception, having five--a maid, waitress, nurse, cook and coachman. Howard continued to live in grand style in 1910, he and his wife employing six servants. His neighbors included the creme de la creme of local society, Charles de Cazotte (born c. 1861 in France), French Vice-Consul at the San Francisco Consulate, banker Richard Tobin (born c. 1869 in CA), and investor Eugene de Sabla (1865-1956), who co-founded the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Harriet Pullman Carolan (1869-1956), the Pullman Railroad Car heiress, and Joseph Tobin (born c. 1868 in CA), a lawyer. In 1920, Howard, his wife, Antoinette, and two sons lived in the town of Hillsborough, CA. US Census records of 1920 indicated that they had two servants: Frank Haida (born c. 1863 in Japan), a butler, and a gardener, "Sing Loum," (name likely misspelled, could be "Sing Ham," born c. 1842 in China.) According to the census, Haida came to the US in 1900, Loum in 1911. Haida's name appeared in the 1910 Census, as well.

His father was also named "George H. Howard" (1826-1878). A register of the "Productions of Agriculture" attached to the US Census of 1860, listed Howard as having 125 acres of improved land, 675 unimproved. The farm had a cash value of $20,000 with farm implements worth an additional $590. Livestock had a value of $10,150, in the form of 15 horses, 2 mules, 18 dairy cattle, 41 other cattle and 13 pigs. Howard's farm raised 700 bushels of wheat and 600 of oats. Aside from the huge 32,000-acre estate of L.W. Mezes, and the 3,000-acre farm of A. Tilton, the Howard Farm was one of the largest and most valuable in the vicinity of Belmont, CA, in 1860. On 10/17/1857, George Howard married Chilean-born Agnes Poett Howard (1833-1893); prior to this, Agnes had wed George's older brother, W.D.M. (1820-1856) on 07/09/1849, and had two children, although one was killed by a deranged nurse. George and Agnes had four children. After George's death in 1878, she would take a third husband, the lawyer and Japanophile, Henry Pike Bowie (1848–1921), in 1879. Bowie

Howard married his wife, Antoinette "Nettie" W. Schmiedell Howard (born 1868 in CA) in 1888. Previous data listed in PCAD incorrectly stated that the architect George H. Howard had married twice (he married only once) and that the architect George H. Howard (1864-1935) was referred to as "Sr." There were at least three generations named "George H. Howard," the architect being the second generation. Technically, the architect George H. Howard was a "Jr." To complicate matters, according to Joanne Garrison, a Board Member of the Burlingame Historical Society, the Howard Family referred, in grave markers at Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church, San Mateo, CA, and in wills, to the architect's son as "George H. Howard, Jr." Thanks to Ms. Garrison for providing the correct information on 08/22/2012. According to the 1920 US Census, Antoinette Howard's father came from Hanover, Germany, her mother, NY.

He and Antoinette had two sons: George H. Howard, (1890-1932) and Henry Schmiedell Poett Howard (1899-1968). According to the California Death Index, the birth and death dates for Henry S.P. Howard were 05/16/1898 and 05/04/1968. The George H. Howard Family Tree completed by the blog, "Peninsula Royalty: The Founding Families of Burlingame-Hillsborough," indicated that his dates were 1899-1968. The often wrong US Census of 1900 noted that George H. Howard's birthday was in 11/1891 and Henry's in 05/1898.

Howard was an avid polo player, and was a Director of the San Mateo Polo Club in 1913. In that year, he designed an addition to the club's clubhouse. The San Francisco Call published a "humorous" front page story on George H. Howard on 03/29/1910, in which a suit was filed against the architect by P.S. Satow, owner of the Rubicon Laundry. Satow alleged that Howard refused payment for laundry; Howard and his wife countered that they would not pay the bill because it was somehow burned. The article was hardly worthy of front page status, but because a wealthy, well-connected white man was being sued by a recent Japanese immigrant, it seemed humorous. The mock serious article also contained the racist verbiage typical of the times.

Associated Locations

  • Paris, Île-de-France France (Architect's Death)
    Paris, Île-de-France France

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PCAD id: 2224