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Male, US, born 1864-05-08, died 1931-07-03

Associated with the firms network

Caulkin and Haas, Architects; Howard and Galloway, Architects and Engineers; Howard, Cauldwell and Morgan, Architects; Howard, John Galen, and Associates, Architects; Howard, John Galen, Architect


Professional History

Résumé

Draftsman, Henry Hobson Richardson, Architect, Brookline, MA, c. 1885-1886; Draftsman, Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge, Architects, Brookline, MA, c. 1886; Draftman, Caulkin and Haas, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1886; Draftsman, James M. Wood, c. 1887; Draftsman, McKim, Mead, and White, Architects, Boston, MA, and New York, NY, c. 1889; Partner, Howard and [Samuel] Cauldwell, Architects, New York, NY, 1895-c. 1901; Supervising Architect, University of California, Berkeley (UCB), 1901-11/22/1924; Partner, Howard and [John Debo] Galloway, Architects and Engineers, San Francisco, CA, 06/1906-10/1908; at this time, Howard worked with John D. Galloway, William Charles Hays, A.H. Markwart. Principal, John Galen Howard, Architect, San Francisco, CA, 11/1908-1923; Partner, John Galen Howard and Associates, San Francisco, CA, 09/1923-1931; between 1923-1927, this firm consisted of Howard, his son, Henry Temple Howard, E. Geoffrey Bangs (1889-1977), Henry C. Collins, and Charles F.B. Roeth. The firm maintained its headquarters in the 1st National Bank Building, San Francisco, CA. According to architectural historian, Sally Woodbridge, his last business partner was Bangs. (See Sally Woodbridge, John Galen Howard and the University of California, [Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002], p. 172.)

Teaching

Professor, University of California, Berkeley (UCB), School of Architecture, Berkeley, CA, 1903-1929; Director, University of California, Berkeley (UCB), School of Architecture, Berkeley, CA, 1913-1927. While Howard left the director's post of the School of Architecture, he continued to serve on its faculty until 1929, when his health began to deteriorate. By 1930, he had suffered from shingles, kidney disease and heart problems.

Professional Service

Howard was one of the most active teacher-architects of his time on the Pacific Coast.

Member, Advisory Board of Architects for the Perpetuation of the Phoebe Hearst Architectural Plan for the University of California, c. 1899-1901; Supervising Architect, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 1903-1924; Advisory Member, Reconstruction Committee of San Francisco, following the earthquake of 04/18/1906. President, Beaux-Arts Society, 1907-1908; Member, Board of Directors, American Institute of Architects (AIA), 1910-1913, overlapping by two years with the Los Angeles architect, Alfred Faist Rosenheim (1859-1943), who served from 1911-1914. Member, Architectural Advisory Committee, San Francisco Panama-Pacific Exhibition, 1913-1915; Member, San Francisco Civic Center Architectural Advisory Board, c. 1913;

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1901;

Education

Education

Howard attended secondary school at the Boston Latin School, Boston, MA; B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, c. 1883-1885. Coursework, École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1890-1893; he studied in the Atelier of Victor Laloux (1850-1937), whose studio was particularly popular with American students at the École.

Personal

Relocation

John Galen Howard was born in Chelmsford, MA, on 05/08/1864. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA, from c. 1883-1885. He worked for Henry Hobson Richardson's Brookline, MA, office in 1886, and, thereafter, spent a year in Los Angeles, CA, in 1887. He returned to the East, landing a job in McKim, Mead and White's prestigious New York, NY, office. He traveled to Paris for coursework at the École des Beaux Arts from 1890-1893. On his return from Europe, he resettled in New York, opening an architectural practice with Samuel Cauldwell. Howard moved his family residence to Montclair, NJ, by c. 1899. In 1900-1901, Howard served on the Board of Architects.for the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, NY. Howard produced the design for the dazzling Electric Tower at the exposition.

He relocated from the East Coast to Berkeley, CA, in 1902. He lived in two residences in Berkeley, the first at 2421 Ridge Road (1903-1912) and the second 1486 Greenwood Terrace (produced for the Gregory Family and rented to Howard), Rose Leroy (1912-1923). A significant fire on 09/17/1923 burned many residences in the Berkeley hills, including Rose Leroy. After the fire, he and his wife lived in various locations for brief periods; they first moved to Castle Court, a rowhouse on Russian Hill in San Francisco and then back to Berkeley in the latter half of 1925. In 1926, they found a rowhouse at 1017 Vallejo Street across from the former house of their friend, Reverend Joseph Worcester (d. 06/1913). They returned to an apartment at 2631 Durant Avenue in Berkeley in 1928.

After 1915, he left Berkeley during three main periods: 1917-1919, 1924-1925 and 1929. He spent much of his 1917 sabbatical at his Carmel residence writing his poetry works, "Brunelleschi" and "Pheidias." After America's entry into World War I, he spent 1918-1919 assisting the Red Cross in France. During 1924-1925, Howard took a second sabbatical in the Middle East and Europe. He and Mary lived in Cassis, France, during the first half of 1925. He journeyed back to France and Spain with his wife and daughter in 1929; returning to the US that year, he and his wife stopped in Bridgewater, MA, to do genealogical research on John Howard, an ancestor who worked as a carpenter in that city. He died of a heart attack in San Francisco in 1931.

Parents

His parents were Dr. Levi Howard, a physician, and Lydia Jane Hapgood, a homemaker. He had four brothers, two of whom became physicians, one an actor.

Spouse

On 08/01/1893, Howard married Mary Robertson Bradbury, who had been born in Cambridge, MA. Varying dates have been given for Mary Howard's birth; the California Death Index noted it as 12/22/1864, and her death date as 06/24/1963. It indicated her death to have occurred in Sunnyvale, CA.

Children

John Galen and Mary Bradbury had five offspring: Henry Temple Howard (born in 1894) was an architect who worked with his father; Robert Boardman Howard (born 1896), became a sculptor and married another noted Bay Area sculptor, Adaline Kent (1900-1957); other children included Charles Houghton (born 1899), John Langley (born 1902), and Jeanette (born 1905).

Building Notes

Following H.H. Richardson's death in 04/1886, Howard left Brookline, MA, to work in the booming new city of Los Angeles in 1886-1887. Howard toured Europe in 1888. UCB benefactor Phoebe Apperson Hearst paid for Howard to tour Europe in 1900 to gather information on new mining buildings erected there; inspired by buildings by Henri Labrouste (1801-1875) and others, Howard designed the Hearst Mining Building at UCB completed in 1905. In 05/1907, Howard assisted the City of Berkeley in overseeing the design of its new city hall, designed by Bakewell and Brown (1908-1909). Howard and Galloway operated an office in Seattle, WA, on the grounds of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (AYPE) in 1909. He visited the writer John G. Neihardt in Bancroft, NB, in 1914, probably on the way to or from the East Coast. (The AIA's annual convention occurred between 12/02/1914-12/04/1914 in Washington, DC.) Howard had a sabbatical in Europe in 1917, a spent 1918-1919 in Europe, working as a Captain with the Red Cross. Later, he assisted in the development of the American Expeditionary Forces University in Europe. He had a sabbatical (at two-thirds pay) from 07/01/1924-12/31/1924 and leave with no pay from 01/01/1925-06/30/1925 to continue travel in Europe. In 07/1927, Howard attended the Pan-American Congress of Architects in Buenos Aries, Argentina.



Associated Locations

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

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    Howard and his wife lived in the Bertha Newell House, 2726 Haste Street, Berkeley, CA, at the end of his life.

  • Chelmsford, MA (Architect's Birth)
    Chelmsford, MA

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PCAD id: 367


NameDateCityState
1st Congregational Church #5, Oakland, CA1927OaklandCA
1st National Bank of Berkeley, Headquarters Building, Berkeley, CABerkeleyCA
Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (AYPE), Auditorium, Seattle, WA 1908-1909SeattleWA
Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (AYPE), Fine Arts Building, Seattle, WA1908-1909SeattleWA
Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (AYPE), Lake Union Wharf, Seattle, WA 1908-1909SeattleWA
Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (AYPE), Machinery Pavilion, Seattle, WA 1908-1909SeattleWA
Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (AYPE), Site Plan, Seattle, WA1907-1909SeattleWA
Bank of Italy, Main Headquarters Building #2, San Francisco, CA1906San FranciscoCA
City and County of San Francisco, City Hall #5, San Francisco, CA1912-1915San FranciscoCA
City of Berkeley, Public Library, Carnegie Branch, Berkeley, CA 1905BerkeleyCA
Empress Theatre, San Francisco, CA1910San FranciscoCA
Grant, Adam, Building, Financial District, San Francisco, CA1908San FranciscoCA
Gregory, Warren and Sadie, House #1, Greenwood Terrace, Berkeley, CA1904BerkeleyCA
Gregory, Warren and Sadie, House #2, Greenwood Terrace, Berkeley, CA1912BerkeleyCA
Majestic Theatre, Boston, MA1903BostonMA
Mason-McDuffie Company, Saint Francis Wood Tract, Front Gates, Saint Francis Wood, San Francisco, CA1914San FranciscoCA
Mason-McDuffie Company, Saint Francis Wood Tract, Saint Francis Fountain, Saint Francis Wood, San Francisco, CA1914San FranciscoCA
Mason-McDuffie Company, Saint Francis Wood Tract, Sales Office, Saint Francis Wood, San Francisco, CA1914San FranciscoCA
Mason-McDuffie Company, Saint Francis Wood, Tract, San Francisco, CA1912-1913San FranciscoCA
McDuffie, Duncan, House, Berkeley, CA1910BerkeleyCA
Newell, Bertha, House, Berkeley, CA1913BerkeleyCA
Oakland Unified School District, Emerson School, Oakland, CAOaklandCA
Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE), Exposition Auditorium, San Francisco, CA1913-1915San FranciscoCA
Pan-American Exposition, Electric Tower, Buffalo, NY 1900-1901BuffaloNY
Spreckels, Claus, Office Building, San Francisco, CA1907San FranciscoCA
Strauss, Levi, Company, Headquarters Project, San Francisco, CASan FranciscoCA
Tacoma Theatre, Tacoma, WA 1888-1890TacomaWA
Union Oil Company of California (UNOCAL), Administration Building, Wilmington, Los Angeles, CA
University of California, Berkeley, Hearst, Phoebe Apperson, Campus Plan Competition, Berkeley, CA1898-1899BerkeleyCA
University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Agriculture Hall, Berkeley, CA1912BerkeleyCA
University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Boalt, John Henry, Hall #1, Berkeley, CA1911BerkeleyCA
University of California, Berkeley (UCB), California Hall, Berkeley, CA1905BerkeleyCA
University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Campus Plan #3, Berkeley, CA1902
University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Doe, Charles Franklin, Memorial, Library, Berkeley, CA1906-1911BerkeleyCA
University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Hearst Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA1903BerkeleyCA
University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Hearst Memorial Mining Building, Berkeley, CA1903-1907BerkeleyCA
University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Hearst, Phoebe Apperson, Campus Plan Competition Project, Howard, Cauldwell and Morgan Entry Project, Berkeley, CA1899BerkeleyCA
University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Hilgard Hall, Berkeley, CA1916-1917BerkeleyCA
University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA1921-1923BerkeleyCA
University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Naval Architecture Building, Berkeley, CA1914BerkeleyCA
University of California, Berkeley (UCB), North Gate Hall, Berkeley, CA1906BerkeleyCA
University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Power House, Berkeley, CA1904BerkeleyCA
University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Sather Gate and Bridge, Berkeley, CA1908-1910BerkeleyCA
University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Sather Tower, Berkeley, CA1913-1914BerkeleyCA
University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Wellman Hall, Berkeley, CA1912BerkeleyCA
University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Wheeler, Benjamin Ide, Hall, Berkeley, CA1916BerkeleyCA
University of California Observatories (UCO) / Lick Observatory #1, Mount Hamilton, CA1880-1888Mount HamiltonCA
University of California, Pacific Grove, Biological Department Buildings, Pacific Grove, CAPacific GroveCA
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