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Male, US, born 1816-10-10, died 1880

Associated with the firms network

Cleaveland and Williams, Architects; Williams and Williams, Architects; Williams, Stephen H., Architect

Professional History


Principal, Stephen H. Williams, Architect, San Francisco, CA, c. 1850-1860, 1873-1880. In 1864 and 1865, Williams had his office located at 505 Montgomery Street. (See San Francisco directory for the year commencing October, 1864, p. 414 and San Francisco, California, City Directory, 1865, p. 458.)

Partner, Williams and Cleaveland, Architects, San Francicso, CA, c. 1860s.

Partner, Williams and [Warren Haywood] Williams, Architects, San Francisco, CA, 1865-1872; according to architectural historian Harold Kirker: "Williams's son Warren Heywood, who entered the family office in 1860, went to Oregon in 1873, where he made a reputation equal to that of his father." (See Harold Kirker, "The Parrott Building, San Francisco, 1852," Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Vol. 18 No. 4, 12/1959, p. 161.)

From at least 1877 until 1879, Williams maintained his office in Room #61 of the Merchant's Exchange Building in San Francisco. (See San Francisco, California, City Directory, 1877, p. 465, and San Francisco City Directory, 1879, p. 936.)

In 1880, Williams was involved with the launch of the pioneering West Coast architectural journal the California Architect and Building Review. His name was listed among a list of architects and firms who launched the journal that included David Farquharson, Wright and Sanders, T.J. Welsh, P. Huerne, John Marquis, B. McDougal and Son, William Mooser, William Curlett, Meeker and Banks, P.J O'Connor, William C. Hoagland, Theodore A. Eisen, H.T. Bestor, Samuel and John Cather Newsom, and B. Henrickson. Ads soliciting for subscribers to the periodical appeared in the Daily Alta California newspaper in 01/1880.



Born in New Jersey, Stephen Hedden Williams arrived in San Francisco during the Gold Rush. While he was away in San Francisco in 1850, his wife, Phoebe, and their four children remained in Caldwell, NJ. The Williams family stayed with her parents, William and Mary Fairchild, and Stephen's mother, Charlotte, also was a member of this household. (See, Source Citation Year: 1850; Census Place: Caldwell, Essex, New Jersey; Roll: M432_449; Page: 84A; Image: 176, accessed 08/23/2017.) Stephen H. Williams, Sr., worked on the Parrott Block in 1852.

His address was the northwest corner of Washington and Larkin Streets in 1864. (See San Francisco directory for the year commencing October, 1864, p. 414.) The directory of the following year indicated that he lived on the southwest corner of this intersection. (See San Francisco, California, City Directory, 1865, p. 458.)

In 1870, he lived with his wife and seven children at his home on Larkin Street. At the time, Williams owned $10,000 worth of real estate, and possessed a personal estate of $500. (See, Source Citation Year: 1870; Census Place: San Francisco Ward 12, San Francisco, California; Roll: M593_85; Page: 716B; Image: 331869; Family History Library Film: 545584, accessed 08/23/2017.)

Williams continued to live at 1716 Larkin Street in 1875. (See New City Annual Directory of San Francisco, 1875, p. 1061.) From at least 1878 until 1880, he resided at 1713 Larkin Street. (See the San Francisco City Directory, 1878, p. 890 and San Francisco, California, City Directory, 1880, p. 946.) The 1880 US Census located Williams living with his wife and two youngest sons, Stephen and Frederick at the Larkin Street house. They had one domestic servant, Mary Cameron (born c. 1848 in Scotland) and one boarder, Jessie Cameron (born c. 1858 in Canada.) At this time, the census form indicated that Stephen, Sr., aged 63, suffered from liver disease, and Phoebe, at 57, had rheumatism. The US Census counted Williams on 06/03/1880, but he would die later that year.


His father was Jeniah Williams (05/12/1770–09/26/1831), his mother, Charlotte Pearce (11/03/1776–04/07/1863 in Caldwell, NJ).


His wife was Phoebe Ann Fairchild Williams (born c. 1821 in NY-d. 11/1885 in San Francisco, CA). Her parents were William (1780-1854) and Mary Fairchild (born c. 1799). Mary was his second wife.


He and Phoebe had at least nine children together, including Warren Haywood (1844-1888), He and Phoebe had at least seven children together, including David (born c. 1845 in NY), Robert M. (born c. 1847 in NY), Florence (born c. 1849 in NY), Angeline M. (born c. 1853 in CA), Franklin (born c. 1855 in CA), Joseph (born c. 1857 in CA), Stephen H., Jr., (born c. 1858 in CA), and Fred R. (born c. 1862 in CA).

Florence seems to have died early in life. Warren Haywood Williams would became a notable architect on the West Coast, working primarily in Portland, OR. Another son was Stephen H. Williams, Jr., who, in 1880, worked as a clerk in San Francisco, for Henry L. Lewis, a general commission merchant. (See the San Francisco City Directory, 1880, p. 946.) Stephen H. Williams, Jr., worked as a clerk with H.L. Lewis in 1878, and lived at the family residence, 1713 Larkin Street. (See the San Francisco City Directory, 1878, p. 890.) He would later run a variety store in San Francisco at 129 7th Street in 1887. (See San Francisco, California, Directory, 1887, p. 1401.)

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