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Male, US, born 1914-12-28, died 1998-12-15

Associated with the firms network

Dailey, Gardner A., Architect; Esherick, Homsey, Dodge, and Davis (EHDD); Esherick, Joseph and Associates, Architects; Esherick, Joseph, Architect, AIA

Professional History


Draftsman, Walter Steilberg, Engineer, San Francisco, CA, 1938; Esherick worked part-time for Steilberg when he first arrived in San Francisco. Draftsman, Gardner A. Dailey, Architect, San Francisco, CA, 1938-1943; Lieutenant, J.G., US Navy, 1943-1946.

Principal, Joseph Esherick, Architect, San Francisco, CA, 1946-1965; in 1955, his office was located at 2065 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA;

Principal, Joseph Esherick and Associates, San Francisco, CA, 1965- .

Partner, Esherick, Homsey, Dodge and Davis (EHDD), Architects, San Francisco, CA.


Lecturer in Design, University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Berkeley, CA, 1952-1955.

Professional Service

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Northern California Chapter; Esherick was a Registered Architect in the State of CA in 1955; in 1970, Esherick was a Registered Architect in the States of CA, ID, MO, and was NCARB-certified.

Esherick delivered the Louis I. Kahn Memorial Lecture at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture in 1993.

Professional Awards

Recipient, Graham Foundation Fellowship, 1962.

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA).

Associate, National Academy of Design, New York, NY, 1976.

Recipient, American Institute of Architects, Gold Medal, 1989.


Joseph Esherick's papers were deposited at the University of California, College of Environmental Design, Environmental Design Archives, "Joseph Esherick Collection, 1933-1985," Collection #1974-1.



B.Arch., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1937.



Born in Pennsylvania, Joseph Esherick attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, graduating in 1937. The next year, he started work for engineer Walter Steilberg in San Francisco, CA.

In 1987, the architect lived at 126 Culebra Terrace in San Francisco.

Esherick died in San Francisco, and his last residence was in the 94109 zip code of that city.


His father was Joseph Esherick, Sr, the brother of the artist, sculptor and furniture maker Wharton Esherick (1887-1970),


Esherick married in 1953.


When surveyed in 1955, Esherick reported having had 3 children.


SSN: 159-18-5796; SSN issued: PA (Before 1951);

Associated Locations

  • Philadelphia, PA (Architect's Birth)
    Philadelphia, PA

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PCAD id: 371

2540 Hyde Street House, San Francisco, CASan FranciscoCA
Bermak House, Oakland, CA
Bradley, John L., House, Lake Tahoe, CA1951Lake TahoeCA
Cannery, San Francisco, CASan FranciscoCA
City of San Rafael, Field, Albert, Municipal Recreation Center, San Rafael, CA1951San RafaelCA
Cohen, Arthur J., House, San Francisco, CA1952San FranciscoCA
Goldman, R.N., House, San Francisco, CA1953San FranciscoCA
Grant, Spencer, House, Hillsborough, CAHillsboroughCA
House and Home 08/1952 House, Marin County, CA
Hovden, Knut, Cannery, Monterey, CA1916MontereyCA
Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, CA
Martin, Leonard Mr. and Mrs. House, Ross, CA1960RossCA
Napier, Fran and David, House, Marin County, CA1995Marin CountyCA
Newgard, K.W., Medical Office, San Francisco, CA1953San FranciscoCA
Palo Alto Unitarian Church #2, Palo Alto, CA1959Palo AltoCA
Revere Quality Institute_Model Home, San Francisco, CASan FranciscoCA
Romano, Daniel, House, Kentfield, CA1970KentfieldCA
San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), Garfield Elementary School, San Francisco, CA1981San FranciscoCA
San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), Tenderloin Community School, San Francisco, CA1998San FranciscoCA
Sea Ranch Association, Development, Sea Ranch, CA1964-1965Sea RanchCA
Starr, Allan, House, San Jose, CA1953San JoseCA
Tiegland House, Orinda, CA1957OrindaCA
University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Anthony Hall, Berkeley, CA1957BerkeleyCA
University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Child Study Center, Berkeley, CA1961BerkeleyCA
University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA1971-1974BerkeleyCA
University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Pelican Building, Berkeley, CA1956BerkeleyCA
University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Wurster Hall, Berkeley, CA1964-1965BerkeleyCA
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Northwest Campus Housing and Commons Buildings, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA1992Los AngelesCA
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center, Parnassus Campus, Kalmanovitz Library, Inner Sunset, San Francisco, CA1988-1990San FranciscoCA
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), College 8, Library, Santa Cruz, CA1969
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), Stevenson, Adlai Ewing, College, Santa Cruz, CA1966Santa CruzCA
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