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Apel, John, Architect

Professional History


Principal, John Apel, Builder, San Francisco, CA, c. 1862-1870; Principal, John Apel, Architect, San Francisco, CA, c. 1868-1876; in 1868, Apel worked at 410 Post Street in San Francisco, (see San Francisco, California, City Directory, 1868, p. 608),and, four years later, he had an office at 608 Sacramento Street (See San Francisco Directory, 1872, p. 720). He moved to 610 Sacramento Street by 1875. Apel was also listed in the 1876 San Francisco City Directory, (p. 864), at the same address.



Apel was born in either Saxony or Prussia c.1813, according to the US Censuses of 1870 and 1880. Apel lived at 134 Geary Street near what would become Union Square in San Francisco, according to the San Francisco, California, City Directory, 1862, p. 53.He resided with his wife, Mary Ann, in San Francisco, by 1870. The 1870 US Census indicated that he was a builder, who owned real estate worth a sizeable $8,000 and had personal savings of about $600. (See, Source Citation Year: 1870; Census Place: San Francisco Ward 10, San Francisco, California; Roll: M593_83; Page: 360B; Image: 304227; Family History Library Film: 545582, accessed 11/15/2016 and, Source Citation Year: 1880; Census Place: San Francisco, San Francisco, California; Roll: 75; Family History Film: 1254075; Page: 158C; Enumeration District: 076; Image: 0017, accessed 11/15/2016.) In 1875, he resided at 701 Stockton Street in what is now San Francisco's Chinatown neighborhood. (See The San Francisco Directory for the Year commencing March, 1875, p. 99.)

In 1880, Apel continued to work as an architect, but also operated a boarding house with his wife, Mary Ann. In that year, he had seven boarders living under his roof. In 1882, the San Francisco City Directory(p. 169) indicated that he lived at 708 California Street.


He married Mary Ann Apel (born c. 1843 in England).

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