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Male, US, born 1866-11-13, died 1947-12-15

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Bliss and Faville, Architects

Professional History


Draftsman, McKim, Mead and White, Architects, New York, NY, 1895-1898.

Partner, Bliss and Faville, Architects, San Francisco, CA, 1898-1925.

Professional Activities

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA).

President, AIA, San Francisco Chapter, 1915.

Bliss was active on the Architectural Committee of the Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE), San Francisco, CA, 1915.

First Vice-President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), 1921.

Member, AIA, Board of Directors, 1919-1920.

President of the AIA, national administration, 1922-1924. Faville was the first California architect and the first from the West Coast to hold these influential offices in the AIA.

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA).


Drawings by Bliss And Faville were represented in the "AIA San Francisco, a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects: Centennial Drawing Collection (ca. 1930-1976)" held at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Environmental Design Archives. (See University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design, Environmental Design Archives,Accessed 07/21/2014.)



B.S. Arch., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, 1895.



Born in California, 1866, Bliss lived for much of his youth in Western New York State; he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, graduating in 1895. At MIT, Faville met Walter D. Bliss and the two then worked for the august McKim, Mead and White in New York, NY, for about 3 years before returning to CA in 1898. He lived and worked in and around San Francisco Bay for the remainder of his life.

He died in Marin County, and was buried in Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, CA.

Biographical Notes

The California Death Index stated his birth date to have been on 11/13/1865, his death, 12/15/1947. The birth date recorded on Faville's US Passport Application of 12/03/1924 was 11/13/1866.

PCAD id: 583

2898 Broadway House, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA1899San FranciscoCA
3020 Pacific Street House, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA1900San FranciscoCA
Atascadero Colony, Administration Building, Atascadero, CA1924AtascaderoCA
Atascadero Printery, Atascadero, CAAtascaderoCA
Balboa Building, Financial District, San Francisco, CA1908San FranciscoCA
Bank of California, Office Building #2, Financial District, San Francisco, CA1907-1908San FranciscoCA
Bank of Italy, Branch, Halladie Plaza, San Francisco, CA1920San FranciscoCA
Bliss, Walter Danforth, House, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CASan FranciscoCA
City of Oakland, Public Library, Main Library #2, Downtown, Oakland, CA1900-1901OaklandCA
City of San Francisco, Public Library (SFPL), Branch #2, Richmond District, San Francisco, CA1913-1914San FranciscoCA
Columbia Theatre #2, San Francisco, CA1907San FranciscoCA
Columbia Theatre, San Francisco, CA1909-1910San FranciscoCA
deGuigné, Christian III, House, Hillsborough, CA1914HillsboroughCA
Eastman Kodak Company, Office Building, Financial District, San Francisco, CA San FranciscoCA
Flood, James Leary and Maud Lee, House #1, Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA1912-1915San FranciscoCA
Girvin, R.D., House, San Mateo, CASan MateoCA
Kamm Building, San Francisco, CA
Liverpool and London and Globe Insurance Company, Ltd, Office Building, San Francisco, CA1912-1913San FranciscoCA
Magee Building, San Francisco, CA1905San FranciscoCA
Matson Lines Building, South of Market, San Francisco, CA1922-1924San FranciscoCA
Merced Golf Club, Daly City, CADaly CityCA
Metropolitan Club, San Francisco, CA1916San FranciscoCA
Mission of the Good Samaritan, Episcopal Community Center, San Francisco, CA1911San FranciscoCA
Oakland Hotel Corporation, Hotel Oakland, Downtown, Oakland, CA1910-1912OaklandCA
Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE), Master Plan, San Francisco, CA1912-1915San FranciscoCA
Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE), Palace of Education and Social Economy, San Francisco, CA 1914-1915San FranciscoCA
Rialto Building #1, San Francisco, CA 1902San FranciscoCA
Rialto Building #2, South of Market, San Francisco, CA1902San FranciscoCA
Saint Francis Hotel #2, San Francisco, CA 1902-1904San FranciscoCA
Saint Francis Hotel #3, Union Square, San Francisco, CA1906-1907San FranciscoCA
San Francisco Savings Union, Headquarters Building #6, 1 Grant Avenue, Tenderloin, San Francisco, CA1909-1910San FranciscoCA
Southern Pacific Railroad Company, Headquarters, South Beach, San Francisco, CA1916San FranciscoCA
State of California, State Office Building #1, San Francisco, CA1922San FranciscoCA
Wolfskill, Ney, House, Sea Cliff, San Francisco, CA1921San FranciscoCA
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