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Male, US, born 1910-01-04, died 1964-05-25

Associated with the firms network

Anshen and Allen, Architects; Clark, Hervey Parke, Architect; Tantau, Clarence, Sr., Architect


Professional History

Résumé

Architect, Allen and Lutzi, Architects.

Partner, Anshen and Allen, Architects, San Francisco, CA, 1940- . In 1945, Anshen and Allen had an office at 526 Powell Street in San Francisco. (See San Francisco, California, City Directory, 1945, p. 86.) By 1948, Anshen and Allen had moved to 461 Bush Street, Room #400.(See San Francisco, California, City Directory, 1948, p. 90.)

Teaching

Lecturer in Design, University of California, Berkeley (UCB), 04/1952-06/1953. He worked for Dean William W. Wurster (1895-1973) at the UCB.

Professional Activities

Anshen belonged to the Northern California Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, since 1946;

Anshen joined the American Institute of Architects in 1946.

Robert Anshen, along with Clarence J. Paderewski, San Diego, CA, Theodore Bernardi, San Francisco, CA, and George Hasslein, San Luis Obispo, CA served as jurors in the First Honor Annual Awards Competition of the San Joaquin Valley Chapter, American Institute of Architects, 1962. In 1962, Anshen indicated that he was a Registered Architect in the States of CA, NV, TX, and VA. He reported being NCARB Certified in 1962.

Anshen wrote a monthly column on architecture for the San Francisco Examiner, c. 1962.

Anshen was listed as an "Editorial Consultant" for the Architectural Record in 1963, along with Edward Larrabee Barnes, Walter Gropius, Robert F. Hastings, and Paul Rudolph.

He served as a juror (one of three) in the Third Annual Reynolds Prize for Architectural Students, 1963.

Southwest Reserach Institute, Certificate of Merit, 1951; Parents Magazine, National Merit Award, 1952; the American Institute of Architects named the Beach House at Yankee Point, Carmel, CA, an Honor Award recipient in 1955 for Single Family Residences; Parents Magazine, Regular Merit Award and National Merit Award, 1956; Parents Magazine, Special Merit Awards, 1957, 1958; Progressive Architecture magazine Design Awards Program, 1954, Award Citation, 1954; American Institute of Architects (AIA), Awards of Merit, 1951, 1953, 1954 (2), and 1955; American Institute of Architects, Award of Honor, 1957; American Institute of Architects, Northern California Chapter, Award of Merit, 1953; American Institute of Architects, Northern California Chapter, Award of Honor, 1957; Arcadia Metal Products, Achievement Awards, 1953 (2); National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Awards of Merit, 1953, 1955; NAHB and AIA Award of Honor, 1960; Factory Management and Maintenance magazine, Special Award, 1956; AIA and Sunset Magazine, Award of Merit, 1959; House and Home magazine and Sunset Magazine, Merit Awards (2) and First Honor Awards (2), 1956; House and Home magazine Awards of Merit (3), 1957-1958; Architectural Guild of America, Honorable Mention, 1957; Architectural League of New York, Honorable Mention, 1958; AIA, Life Magazine and House and Home magazine "Homes for Better Living Competition," Awards of Merit (2), 1960; Finalist, Corregidor Memorial Competition, 1957. Honorable Mention, F.D.R. Memorial Competition, Washington, D.C., 1960.

Education

College

B.Arch., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1935.

M.Arch., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1936.

College Awards

Recipeint, Stewardson Traveling Scholarship, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1936.

Personal

Relocation

Born in Revere, MA, the Anshen Family had a residence at 827 Winthrop Avenue in Revere, MA. Apparently the jewelry business proved lucrative as the Anshens also could afford a servant, Catherine Budeck (born c. 1880 in Austria-Poland) in 1910. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1910; Census Place: Revere, Suffolk, Massachusetts; Roll: T624_626; Page: 14B; Enumeration District: 1680; FHL microfilm: 1374639, accessed 10/04/2018.) The family moved at least twice before Robert's birth, having lived in MA and NH between 1901 and 1907 before returning to MA before 1910.

They relocated again to Providence, RI, by 1920 (or earlier), having a house at 140 Hamilton Street in Providence as per the 1920 US Census. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1920; Census Place: Providence Ward 6, Providence, Rhode Island; Roll: T625_1679; Page: 18A; Enumeration District: 248, accessed 10/04/2018.) S. Robert Anshen lived with his family at 52 Princeton Street in Providence, RI, on 04/18/1925, according to the RI State Census. Again, the Anshens were prosperous enough to afford a servant, Mary Lee (born c. 1877 in TN). (See Ancestry.com, Rhode Island State Census, 1925. Microfilm. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts, accessed 10/04/2018.) They remained in the Princeton Street address in 1930, that had an estimated value of $10,000. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1930; Census Place: Providence, Providence, Rhode Island; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 0040; FHL microfilm: 2341912, accessed 10/04/2018.)

Anshen attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and came out to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1937.

Eleanor and Robert Anshen resided at 2512 Leavenworth Street in San Francisco in 1944. (See San Francisco, California, City Directory, 1944, p. 80.) A year later, they set up their household at667 Bay Street in San Francisco in 1945. (See San Francisco, California, City Directory, 1945, p. 86.)

Anshen resided in Sausalito, CA, at the time of his death. (See Ancestry.com, Source Information California, San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records, 1895-1985 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010, accessed 10/04/2018.)

Bob Anshen died prematurely at the age of 54 in San Francisco, CA.

Parents

His father was Louis Joseph Anshen, (born 04/10/1875 in Schklov, Russia), his mother was Sarah Jaffee (born c. 1879 in Russia/Poland). Both had a Jewish heritage. They married on 11/06/1898 in Lynn, MA, and had the following children, including Ruth Anshen (born c. 1901 in MA), Esther Anshen (born c. 1903 in NH), Lillian Anshen Einstein (born c. 1905 in MA), Florence Anshen Zatlin (born c. 1907 in MA-d. 11/23/1988 in Norfolk, VA), Robert and Lorna J. Anshen (born c. 06/1922 in RI). Sarah managed this household of 8, having had her last daughter at about age 43.

The 1910 US Census indicated that Louis immigrated to the US in 1886, and at that time was still an alien. It recorded that his wife came to the US in 1892. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1910; Census Place: Revere, Suffolk, Massachusetts; Roll: T624_626; Page: 14B; Enumeration District: 1680; FHL microfilm: 1374639, accessed 10/04/2018.) The 1920 US Census reported that Louis entered the US in 1891 and still had alien status, and Sarah migrated to America in 1893; she also was listed as an alien in 1920. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1920; Census Place: Providence Ward 6, Providence, Rhode Island; Roll: T625_1679; Page: 18A; Enumeration District: 248, accessed 10/04/2018.) Naturalization paperwork for Louis recorded that he came to the US from Hamburg, Germany, arriving in New York, NY, during 10/1891. He filed a declaration of intention to apply for naturalization on 04/26/1920.

In 1910, Louis owned his own jewelry shop in Revere, MA. The 1930 US Census noted that Louis was a manufacturer of jewelry in Providence, RI. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1930; Census Place: Providence, Providence, Rhode Island; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 0040; FHL microfilm: 2341912, accessed 10/04/2018.)

Spouse

He married Eleanor Anshen.

He wed Francis H. Ward in Alameda, CA, on 11/21/1955. (See Ancestry.com, Source Information Ancestry.com. California, Marriage Index, 1949-1959 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013, accessed 10/04/2018.)

Biographical Notes

Anshen's birthdate was given as 01/04/1910 in the California Death Index, while the American Architects Directory 1962, George S. Koyl, ed., (New York, NY: R.R. Bowker, 1962), p. 17, had it as 01/29/1910.

In 1940, Anshen stood 5-feet, 10-inches tall and weighed 133 pounds. He had blue eyes and brown hair. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation The National Archives in St. Louis, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 49, accessed 10/04/2018.)

SSN: 547-09-8270.



Associated Locations

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

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PCAD id: 526


NameDateCityState
1000 Vallejo Street Apartment House, San Francisco, CA1957
American President Lines, Limited, Passenger Accommodations, San Francisco, CA1956-1959San FranciscoCA
Bank of California, Office Building #3, Financial District, San Francisco, CA1969San FranciscoCA
Beach House at Yankee Point, Carmel, CA1953CarmelCA
Boyer House, Sacramento, CA1951SacramentoCA
Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona, AZSedonaAZ
De Jesus, Joseph, House, Santa Clara, CA1952Santa ClaraCA
Eichler Homes, Incorporated, 3801 East Fairhaven Avenue House, Orange, CAOrangeCA
Eichler Homes, Incorporated, Terra Linda Housing Tract, San Rafael, CA1955-1956San RafaelCA
Fairhaven Tract, Orange, CAOrangeCA
Food Machinery and Chemical Corporation (FMC), Research and Engineering Center, Santa Clara, CA1961
International Building, San Francisco, CASan FranciscoCA
Moore, Ernest N., House, Yankee Point, Carmel, CA1953CarmelCA
Salk, Jonas, Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA1962-1965La JollaCA
Silverstone, Herschel and Sonya, House, Taxco, Mexico1949Taxco
Sunnyvale Manor Addition Housing Tract, Sunnyvale, CA1950SunnyvaleCA
Sunshine Glen Housing Tract, Palo Alto, CA1952-1953Palo AltoCA
Sunshine Glen Housing Tract, Paone, Frank D., House, Palo Alto, CA1952-1953Palo AltoCA
Sunshine Meadows Housing Tract, Santa Clara, CA1952-1953Santa ClaraCA
Tract House Development, Santa Clara, CASanta ClaraCA
Union Bank of California, Office Building, Portland, OR1969
United States Government, Department of the Interior, National Park Service (NPS), Dinosaur National Monument, Visitor's Center, Vernal, UT1957
University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley, CA1965-1968BerkeleyCA
University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Parking Structure, Berkeley, CABerkeleyCA
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), Science and Laboratory Building, Santa Cruz, CA1964Santa CruzCA
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