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Male, born 1870-12-26, died 1926-04-14

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Herold, R.A., Architect; Herold, Rudolph A., Architect

Professional History


Draftsman, B. McDougall and Son, Architect, San Francisco, CA, 1889-1890. This office operated 608 Shotwell Street.

Principal, R.A. Herold, Architect, Sacramento, CA, c. 1910.

Professional Activities

Herold was involved in a dispute over compensation for a design that he produced for the Sacramento County Hall of Justice in 1915. An article in the Architect and Engineer of California, March 1915, stated: "Architect R.A. Herold of Sacramento has entered a protest with San Francisco Chapter, A.I.A., against Messrs. Shea & Lofquist being awarded the work on the new Sacramento Hall of Justice. Herold claims he held out for the Institute's fee of 6 per cent and that Messrs. Shea & Lofquist, with other architects, offered to do the work for less. The successful architects claim that they are merely acting as a Consulting Board, the same as Messrs. Howard, Meyer and Reed are acting for the city of San Francisco, and that the actual plans have already been drawn for the building. Their task, they say, will be mainly to revise the drawings and superintend the work of construction." The article continued, "For this they argue the regulation 6 per cent should not be charged. The chapter has received a report on the matter from a special investigating committee, of which Mr. Martin of Los Angeles Chapter is the chairman. A report has been requested from Messrs. Shea & Lofquist, and until these reports have been submitted, no action will be taken." (See "A Fine Point for the Chapter to Rule on," Architect and Engineer of California, vol XL, no. 3, 03/1915, p. 104-105.)



Rudolph A. Herold was born in San Francisco, CA, one day after Christmas, 1870.

Ten years later, the Herold Family resided in Gilroy, CA, where they lived on Monterey Street. (See, Source Citation Year: 1880; Census Place: Gilroy, Santa Clara, California; Roll: 82; Page: 384D; Enumeration District: 257, accessed 01/10/2018.)

CA voting records recorded that Herold lived at 32 Ellis Street in San Francisco in 1892, and worked as a draftsman. (See, Source Citation California State Library, California History Section; Great Registers, 1866-1898; Collection Number: 4 - 2A; CSL Roll Number: 89; FHL Roll Number: 977608, accessed 01/10/2018.)

In 1897, he lived in Chicago, IL, where he worked as an architect. On a US Passport application of 1897, he seems to have been living in Chicago, but listed a permanent address with his family in Lincoln, CA. (See, Source Citation National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington D.C.; NARA Series: Passport Applications, 1795-1905; Roll #: 490; Volume #: Roll 490 - 10 Jun 1897-18 Jun 1897, accessed 01/10/2018.)

In 1900, according to the US Census of that year, Herold lodged with Elisha McCormack, a 71-year "mining man" and his 52-year-old wife, Margaret, at 1414 8th Street in Sacramento, CA. The McCormack Family all came from PA, and had three daughters still living at home. At this time, Oscar Herold, Rudolph's younger brother lodged in the same residence. The census recorded that Rudolph worked as an architect, Oscar, a clerk. (See, Source Citation Year: 1900; Census Place: Sacramento Ward 6, Sacramento, California; Roll: 98; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 0086; FHL microfilm: 1240098, accessed 01/10/2018.)

Herold lived with his wife, Frances, in an apartment at 1000 K Street in Sacramento, CA, as per the 1910 US Census. They had no children, and had been married for four years. (See, Source Citation Year: 1910; Census Place: Sacramento Ward 6, Sacramento, California; Roll: T624_93; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 0119; FHL microfilm: 1374106, accessed 01/10/2018.)

In 1918, Herold and his wife resided at 2100 22nd Street in Sacramento, CA. (See, Source Citation The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at San Francisco, California; NAI Number: 4498993; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787-2004; Record Group Number: 85, accessed 01/10/2018.) Two years later, the US Census indicated that Herold lived with Frances and
two of her nieces, Frances Sosso (born c. 1905 in CA) and Marion Henley (born c. 1905 in CA). Frances Sosso lived permanently in San Francisco. The household also included a cook, Mary Schaller (born c. 1867 in CA), and a maid, Catherine Horgan (born c. 1888 in Ireland). (See, Source Citation Year: 1920; Census Place: Sacramento Assembly District 15, Sacramento, California; Roll: T625_127; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 131, accessed 01/10/2018.)

In 1926, Herold's last place of residence was 1336 4th Avenue, Sacramento. He died at Saint Francis Hospital, San Francisco, at age 55 years, 3 months and 18 days of acute epidemic cerebro-spinal meningitis. (See California, San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records, 1895-1985 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010, accessed 01/10/2018.)


His parents were Adam Herold (b. 1842-d. 12/20/1893 in San Francisco, CA).) and Rosa Clara Braun (b. 10/1841 in Baden-Württemberg, Germany-d. 10/22/1924 in Sacramento, CA). Adam Herold, born in Bavaria, migrated from Hamburg, Germany, to San Francisco, CA, in 1868. He went through naturalization in San Jose, CA, on 08/24/1876. During the period 1868-1894, he lived in San Francisco, Gilroy, CA, and Sacramento, CA. In 1880, while living in Gilroy, Adam worked as a brewer. Rosa was born in the Kingdom of Württemberg, Germany; she maintained the household that contained four children. Rudolph had two brothers, Eugene Herold (1872–1941) and Oscar "Pete" Joseph Herold, (b. 06/16/1869 in Gilroy, CA-d/ 04/19/1950 in San Francisco, CA), and a sister, Mathilda Barbara Gustaveson (b. 10/29/1874-d. 02/08/1952). P.J. Herold also became an architect in Sacramento, CA.


He wed Frances H. Herold (born 01/11/1870 in Dayton, NV,–d. 1925) c. 1906.

Biographical Notes

Herold applied for his first US Passport while living in Chicago, IL, in 1897. (The passport was granted 06/11/1897.) At this time, he prepared for a trip lasting about two years. The passport was to be mailed to David J. Braun in Chicago. This application did not indicate his destination, but it may have been for the requisite European "grand tour" needed by young architects as part of their training at this time. (See, Source Citation National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington D.C.; NARA Series: Passport Applications, 1795-1905; Roll #: 490; Volume #: Roll 490 - 10 Jun 1897-18 Jun 1897, accessed 01/10/2018.)

On 08/03/1917, Herold applied for a US Passport that would enable him to travel to China, Japan, and the Dutch East Indies for the purposes of "architectural study and research." He was set to leave for Asia from San Francisco aboard the Toyo Kisen Kaisha's (Oriental Steamship Company's) Tenyo Maru on 11/30/1917. At 46 years of age, according to this US Passport application, Herold stood 5-feet, 8 and 1/2-inches tall, and had a medium high forehead, medium mouth, round chin, brown hair, brown eyes, dark complexion, oval face and "Roman" nose. In addition to his wife, Rudolph Herold indicated to the US State Department that we would be bringing his wife's niece along with them on this excursion: "It is my intention to have accompany me on this trip Mrs. Herold's niece, Miss Estelle Sosso, whose application goes forward under separate cover and who will act in the capacity of my stenographer and secretary and incidentally study interior decoration under my direction." (See, Source Citation National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington D.C.; NARA Series: Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 - March 31, 1925; Roll #: 400; Volume #: Roll 0400 - Certificates: 64601-64900, 06 Sep 1917-08 Sep 1917, accessed 01/10/2018.) They returned after this Asian vacation from Yokohama, Japan, on 07/07/1918, arriving in San Francisco on 07/23/1918.

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