Male, US, born 1908-02-17, died 1993-02-16

Associated with the firms network

Funk and Stein, Architects; Funk, John, C., Architect; Wurster, William W., Architect

Professional History


Draftsman, William W. Wurster, Architect, San Francisco, CA, 1936-1938.

Principal, John C. Funk, Architect, Berkeley and San Francisco, CA, 1939-1941; designed the Marvin Heckendorf House, Modesto, CA, 1939.

Funk contributed to the World War II effort by designing military barracks and ammunition depots in Arizona.

Partner, Funk and Joseph Allen Stein, San Francisco, CA, 1946.

Principal, John C. Funk, Architect, San Francisco, CA, 1947-1955. In 1948, Funk had an office at 121 Beale Street in San Francisco. (See Polk's Crocker-Langley San Francisco City Directory, 1948-1949, p. 2114.)

Funk's papers have been maintained at the Environmental Design Archives, University of California, Berkeley (UCB).


Coursework in engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, before 1930; B.Arch., University of California, Berkeley, 1934; M.Arch., University of California, Berkeley, 1935;



Born in Upland, CA, John C. Funk's family lived at 428 1st Avenue in 1910.

Funk began college work in Los Angeles, CA, but, finished his education at the University of California, Berkeley. He traveled in Europe in 1938.

He remained in the San Francisco Bay Area his entire life.

John C. Funk died in Berkeley, Alameda County, CA, at the age of 85; His last residence was in the 94708 zip code of Berkeley, in the Berkeley Hills.

John Cooper Funk's father was David Cooper Funk, a fruit farmer (born c. 1870 in KS); David Cooper Funk's father had been born in IL, his mother in IN; his parents had had seven children, four of whom survived in 1910. John C. Funk's mother was Clara McPherson (born c. 1879 in GA). Her parents had both come from GA. In 1910, the household included two children, John and his sister, Florence, (born c. 11/1909 in CA), along with Sarah A. Funk, Cooper Funk's widowed mother (born c. 1832 in IN). According the U.S. Census of 1920, the household included four children--John C. and Florence, as well as Ernest (born c. 1915 in CA) and Doris (born c. 03/1917 in CA) as well as Sarah A. Funk, then aged 88. Around 1928, his father died in an automobile accident; John was forced to quit school and worked in a ketchup factory to assist his family;

John C. Funk married, Margaret Wilda Cox (01/07/1911-06/14/1993) in 1934; she had come from a well-to-do family living in the Central Valley of California, and died almost four months after her husband. (Her SSN number was 556-03-7250.) Her mother's maiden name was Finely.

John C. and Margaret Funk's son, Daniel, also became an architect; in 2003, he lived in a house designed by his father in the Greenwood Terrace housing sud-division created by William Wurster. A daughter, Jane Funk Henderson, lived in the Funk House, in Berkeley, CA, c. 2003;

SSN: 546-10-9797;

Associated Locations

  • Berkeley, CA (Architect's Death)
    Berkeley, CA

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  • Upland, CA (Architect's Birth)
    Upland, CA

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PCAD id: 43