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Male, born 1871-07-06, died 1942-04-25

Associated with the firms network

Dickey and Donovan, Architects; Dickey and Reed, Architects; Dickey and Wood, Architects; Dickey, C.W., Architect; Reid Brothers, Architects

Professional History


Dickey worked for two mainland American architectural firms, one being the Reid Brothers in San Francisco, CA, during 1895-1896;

Partner, Dickey and [Clinton Briggs] Ripley, Architects, Honolulu, HI, 03/1896-1900; Partner, Dickey and Newcomb, Architects, Honolulu, HI, 1900-1903; Partner, Dickey and [Walter D.] Reed, Architects, Oakland, CA, c. 1903-1906, 1908-1909. (According to Don Hibbard, Glenn E. Mason, Karen J. Weitze in Hart Wood: Architectural Regionalism in Hawaii, "Due to a building depression in Honolulu, Charles William Dickey also opened an office in Oakland in 1903: Dickey and Reed." See Don Hibbard, Glenn E. Mason, Karen J. Weitze, Hart Wood: Architectural Regionalism in Hawaii, [Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2010], p. 16-17. According to Robert Jay, The Architecture of Charles W. Dickey, [Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 1992], p. 86, "Dickey and Reed had separated in 1906.")

Principal, C.W. Dickey, Architect, Oakland, CA, c. 1906-1908, 1910-1915; he worked in HI during 1916-1917, doing two commissions for the Baldwin Family and had a brief partnership (1916-1917) with John J. Donovan (1876-1949), an Oakland architect who, like Dickey, made a specialty of school design. (See Robert Jay, The Architecture of Charles W. Dickey: Hawaii and California, [Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1992], p. 104.)

Dickey spent most of the period 1920-1923 in Oakland, CA; Supervising Architect, Oakland Public Schools, Oakland, CA, 01/1920-11/1923; Dickey was the victim of political maneuvering withing the Oakland Public Schools by 1923, and was dismissed on charges of structural deficiencies in his schools. He was eventually exonerated, but his reputation in Oakland had been sullied, prompting him to take a long tour of the Eastern US, Europe and Turkey between 05/1924 and 08/1924.

Partner, Dickey and [Hart] Wood, Architects, Honolulu, HI, 1919-01/1920, 1926-1928. Hart Wood had lived in the Bay Area since the early 1900s, and in Alameda County, CA, after 1904. The architectural community was relatively small in Oakland and Berkeley, CA, and Wood and Dickey would have met long before 1919. Dickey built a residence for his family on Diamond Head outside Honolulu in 1924. Dickey and Wood severed the second phase of their partnership by 05/1928.

Principal, Charles W. Dickey, Architect, Honolulu, HI, 1928-1942.


High School/College

Secondary schooling on Maui and at an Oakland High School, Oakland, CA, c. 1890; B.Arch., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, 1890-1894;



Dickey was born in Alameda, CA, but raised in Honolulu, HI. He attended high school in Oakland, CA, and went east to the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for architectural training. For most of his adult life, Dickey shuttled between the San Francisco Bay Area and Hawaii, living primarily in Oakland, CA, between 1903-1924; he returned to live permanently after 1924 in Honolulu.


Born in Alameda, CA, Dickey relocated with his parents to the Hawaiian Islands in 1873; his mother, Anne Elizabeth Alexander, was raised in Hawaii, the daughter of an early Christian Missionary, Reverend William P. Alexander. His father, Charles Henry Dickey, operated three general stores on the island of Maui, and was significant in spreading the use of the telephone on the island. His brother, Lyle, worked as a lawyer and circuit court judge on the island of Kauai.


Dickey was married.


He had one son, Herbert Dickey, and a daughter.

Associated Locations

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

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  • Honolulu, HI (Architect's Death)
    Honolulu, HI

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