Male, born 1884-03-21, died 1943-04-20

Associated with the firms network

Hobart and Tantau, Associated Architects; Tantau, Clarence, Sr., Architect

Professional History


Draftsman, Bakewell and Brown, Architects, San Francisco, CA, c. 1915. The Architect and Engineer reported in its 05/1916 issue: "Clarence A. Tantau, formerly with Bakewell & Brown, ...[is] now practicing the profession with offices at 519 California street, San Francisco...." (See "Claremont Park Residence," Architect and Engineer, vol. XIV, no. 2, 05/1916, p. 129.)

Principal, Clarence Tantau, Sr., Architect, San Francisco, CA, c, 1916- . In 1933, Tantau occupied an office in the Shreve Building, San Francisco, CA. Tantau became renowned for his large Spanish Colonial Revival Style country houses built on the 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach, CA, and in Santa Cruz County.

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Northern California Chapter; Member, State Association of California Architects.

According to the University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design Archives: "The Clarence A. Tantau collection consists primarily of residential drawings produced between 1921 and 1939. Locations include Atherton, Berkeley, Hillsborough, Monterey, Moss Beach, Pebble Beach, Piedmont, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz. Non-residential drawings in the collection include the Monterey Peninsula Country Club (1925) and the Pasatiempo Clubhouse (1930)." (See "Clarence A. Tantau [1884-1943],Accessed 09/08/2011.)


In 1900, the Tantau Family lived at 737 McAllister Street in San Francisco, CA. They were prosperous enough hire a servant, Julie Horgan (b. 08/1874 in CA).

Clarence's father was George Tantau (b. 02/1845 in Germany), a carriage manufacturer, his mother Tillie Hertel Tantau (b. 06/1853 in Germany), was a homemaker, who had had six children. In 1900, only five of the six were still alive. These included: George (b. 08/1873 in CA), Frank (b. 07/1876 in CA), Della (b. 01/1882 in CA), and Chester (b. 09/1885 in CA). In 1900, George assisted his father in the carriage building business, while Frank worked as a harness maker.

Clarence A. Tantau, Sr., married Elsie J. Burrington.

One son was Clarence Tantau, Jr., (1908-1979) who also became an architect. A daughter was Audrey Tantau Gillespie (b. 08/24/1910 in Oakland, CA-d. 08/18/1969 in San Francisco, CA).

PCAD id: 3332