Male, born 05/25/1900, died 01/09/1968

Associated with the firms network

Wurster and Bernardi, Architects; Wurster, Bernardi and Emmons (WBE), Architects; Wurster, William W., Architect

Professional History

Wickenden worked as a draftsman in 1926; Draftsman, Designer, William W. Wurster, Architect, San Francisco, CA, 193?-1942; Associate, Wurster, Bernardi, and Emmons, Architects, San Francisco, CA, c. 1963;


B.Arch, University of California, Berkeley, c. 1918;


Born in Los Alamos, California, Wickenden spent much of his childhood in San Luis Obsipo. As a student at the University of CA, he lived at 2425 Prince Street in Berkeley, CA, in 09/1918 and at 2377 Virginia Street, Berkeley, in 1926; he, his wife, Virginia, and daughter, Margaret, paid $40 per month for rented quarters at 2826 College Avenue, Berkeley, in 1930; they lived at 1408 Spring Way, Berkeley, c. 1932-1938; Wickenden died in Alameda County, CA, at the age of 67.

His father, William F. Wickenden (born 06/1861 in CA), was a retail grocer in 1900; His mother was Margaret (Maggie) Sauer Wickenden (born 07/12/1864 in CA)ran the household. His father came from England, his mother, CA; her father came from Germany, her mother from CA. William and Maggie had six children, with James the youngest; they included: Mandy (daughter, born 12/1883 in CA), Winfred (son, born 06/1885 in CA), Eric (son, born 01/1887 in CA), Wilhelmina (daughter, born 05/1889 in CA) and Clarance (son, born 11/1891 in CA);

Married Virginia B. Wickenden (born 06/08/1899 in ND-died 11/07/1963 in Alameda County, CA) around 1924.

He had one daughter, Margaret, born 1928 in CA;

As a college student in 1918, James Wickenden was of medium height and slender build, with brown hair and brown eyes; Wickenden was a long-time employee of William W. Wurster's Office, and, later, that of Wurster, Bernardi and Emmons. In politics, Wickenden was independent; he declared himself Republican in the 1928, 1930, 1932 and probably 1934, and Democratic in 1926, 1936, 1938, and 1944. His wife became a Democrat only after the mid-1930s. SSN: 546-10-9793;

Associated Locations

  • Los Alamos, CA (Architect's Birth)
    Los Alamos, CA

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PCAD id: 2941