view all images ( of 5 shown)

Male, US, born 1852-04-24, died 1914-07-05

Associated with the firms network

Pissis, Albert, Architect; Pissis and Moore, Architects

Professional History


Draftsman, William Mooser, Sr., Architect, San Francisco, CA.

Principal, Albert Pissis, Architect, San Francisco, CA, 1879-1914; Pissis rented office space at 302 Montgomery Street in San Francisco in 1879. (SeeSan Francisco, California, City Directory, 1879, p. 936.) In 1883, Pissis operated an office at 217 Sansome Street in San Francisco. (See the San Francisco, California, City Directory, 1883, p. 1106.)

Pissis was active in rebuilding San Francisco after the 04/18/1906 earthquake; in 1903, Pissis operated his office at 307 Sansome Street in San Francisco.

In 1911, Pissis had his office in San Francisco's Flood Building in San Francisco. According to the San Francisco, California, City Directory, 1914, (p. 2016), Pissis was still working in his Flood Building office, the year of his death.

Professional Activities

Pissis was made a member of the San Francisco Chapter of Architects at its meeting in 05/1882. The California Architect and Building News stated in its issue of 06/1882: "Mr. Albert Pissis, having been duly proposed at a prior meeting, was elected a member of the chapter." (See "San Francisco Chapter of Architects," California Architect and Building News, vol. III, no. 6, 06/1882, p. 79.)

President, American Institute of Architects (AIA), San Francisco Chapter, 1907-1908 (elected 02/1907).


Dipl., Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France, 1872-1876, studying in the Atelier Guadet;



Born in Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico, Pissis came to San Francisco, CA, by age six, and graduated from local secondary schools; he worked for the architect William Mooser in the city and subsequently was one of the first San Franciscans to attend architectural school at the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France, between 1872-1876.

Pissis resided at 825 Mission Street in 1878. By 1880, he had gained commissions for houses, warehouses and inexpensive commercial buildings. After 1892, he began to attract larger commissions, following the success of his imaginative, Beaux Arts Classical Hibernia Bank Building, San Francisco, CA, (1892). His design for the Emporium Department Store (1896) was also notable, large-scale commission and reaffirmed his lofty professional reputation in the city. His office continued to be busy during the rebuilding process following the Great Earthquake of 04/18/1906.

Pissis passed away the day after July 4th, 1914 at the age of 62, and was buried in the Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, CA.


Pissis's father was a French physician, Dr. Jose Etienne Pissis, who immigrated first to Mexico and then, in 1858, to San Francisco, CA; his mother was Juana Bazozabel Pissis.


He was married to Georgia Stein Pissis (born 05/21/1873 in San Francisco, CA-died 1930 in Baltimore, MD). After his death, she chose to travel to Europe in 12/1921 to Britain, France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy and Spain. (See, Source Citation, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington D.C.; NARA Series: Passport Applications: Chicago, New York City, New Orleans, San Francisco and Seattle, 1914-1925; Box #: 4165; Volume #: Volume 05: Special Series-San Francisco, accessed 07/14/2016.) She traveled to Europe again in 1923, 1926 and 1930.

She, like her husband, was buried in Cypress Lawn Memorial Park.

Biographical Notes

Pissis and his wife traveled to Europe in 1910.

Associated Locations

PCAD id: 696

"The Pacific Union Club Competition", Architect and Engineer of California, 13: 2, 35-43, 06/1908. "Albert Pissis to plan Mechanics Library", Architect and Engineer of California, 76, 07/1908. "First Electric Street Lighting on the West Coast", Architect and Engineer of California, 58, 01/1908. "Obituary Albert Pissis", Architect and Engineer of California, 94-95, 7/1914. "The Work of Albert Pissis, Architect", Architect and Engineer of California, 34-69, 7/1909. "Mechanics Institute Library, San Francisco, CA", Architectural Record, 18, 01/1912. "Site being cleared for Wilcox Block", Builder and Contractor, 1, col 2, 05/29/1895. "Plans for Panorama Building, San Francisco", California Architect and Building News, 213, 216-217, 12/1884. "Will spend summer in our midst", Capital, 5, 06/08/1896. Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Guide to Architecture in San Francisco and Northern California, 71, 1985. Brass, Florence, History of the Wilcox Building, nd. "Illustrations of Wilcox Block, Los Angeles", Land of Sunshine, 55, 12/1896. Robinson, William Wilcox, Lawyers of Los Angeles, 108, 1959. Hume, M., Los Angeles, Architecturally, 1902, np, 1902. "California Club in Wilcox Block", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 8, 02/20/1896. "The New Panorama Building, Corner 10th and Market Streets, San Francisco", Pacific Rural Press, 210, 09/10/1887. Pictorial American Greater Los Angeles, Illustrated; the Most Progressive Metropolis of the Twentieth Century, 53, 1906. Delahanty, Randolph, Preserving the West, 60-61, 1985. "Anglo and London Paris National Bank, San Francisco, California", Western Architect, 17: 2, np, 2/1911. "Wilcox Block, Los Angeles", Western Graphic, 24, 03/04/1899.