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Male, born 1880-05-14, died 1958-08-26

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Liljestrom, Gustav F., Interior Designer

Professional History

Design Consultant, Gump's, San Francisco, CA, 1909-1920s; Principal, Gustav F. Liljestrom, Interior Designer, San Francisco, CA, c. 1926;

Liljestrom displayed artwork at the Panama-Pacific Exhibition in San Francisco, CA, 1915. Member, Society for Sanity in Art.


According to Edan Milton Hughes, Liljestrom was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and migrated to the U.S. in 1902, drawn by the allure of mining in the Desert Southwest. (The sometimes reliable US Census reported in 1920 that Liljestrom migrated to the US in 1897, and was naturalized in 1907. A passenger list for Gothenburg, Sweden, indicated that a Gustav F. Liljestrom did depart from that city on 11/03/1897 bound for Chicago, IL.) Impressed with Arizona's dramatic scenery, Liljestrom demonstrated some talent as an artist, and decided to receive professional training in painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago c. 1905; he traveled in the Far East c. 1905-1909, focusing on Chinese arts. He returned to the U.S. in 1909, settling in a city with the largest Chinese-American population at the time, San Francisco, CA. The noted department store, Gump's, known for its importation of fine Asian antiques, hired Liljestrom as a Design Consultant in 1909. Liljestrom lived at 1270 Clay Street in 1920; the US Census of that year stated his occupation as an "art store clerk," probably a serious mischaracterization. He passed away in San Francisco in 1958.

His mother's maiden name was Fergren. He and his older brother worked in copper mining together in AZ c. 1900.

Member, Bohemian Club, San Francisco, CA; Edan Milton Hughes, the historian of California artists, indicated that Liljestrom was born in 1882. The California Death Index stated it to have occurred on 05/14/1880. His first name has been spelled variously as "Gustav" and "Gustave."

Associated Locations

  • Stockholm, Sweden (Architect's Birth)
    Stockholm, Sweden

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