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Male, US, born 1866-08-11, died 1948-05-13

Associated with the firms network

Clark and Clark, Architects; Clark, Arthur Bridgman, Architect

Professional History


Drawing Instructor, Director, New York State Reformatory, Trade School, Elmira, NY. A "Memorial Resolution" published at Stanford University after his death noted that Clark "...contributed much to the success of the Elmira experiment in developing a curative treatment of crime." (See "Memorial Resolution Arthur B. Clark (1866-1948),"Accessed 11/02/2010.)

Professor of Art, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 1892-1931; at Stanford he taught drawing, recruited to the new school by President David Starr Jordan; Head, Student Affairs Committee, Stanford University, 1908; Clark designed 11 houses for faculty and one university building on the Stanford Campus between 1896-1921.


Instructor in Architecture, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 1889-c. 1892. (See The Onondagan of '93, [Syracuse, NY: Lyman Brothers, Printers, 1892], p. 19.)

Professional Activities

Member, American Committee for the International Congress of Art Education.

Founder/First President, Pacific Arts Association, an art education group.



B.Arch., Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 1886.

M.A., Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 1891. At Syracuse, Clark designed some public buildings and residences at Syracuse University and in the Stanford-Palo Alto community, prime among them the houses of President David Starr Jordan and President Herbert Hoover and his wife, Lou Henry Hoover (done with his son, Birge). Clark and his wife studied painting with William Merritt Chase in New York, NY and in Europe with John Twachtman and James A.M. Whistler.



A.B. Clark married Hanna Grace Birge of Hector, NY, on 09/01/1891.


Arthur and Hanna had four children: Birge Clark, who became Palo Alto's best known architect in the 20th century; Esther Clark, a doctor and noted philanthropist; Donald Clark, who became a chemical engineer; and David Clark, who also became an architect.

Biographical Notes

A.B. Clark, as Head of the Student Affairs committee, responded to a campus incident that necessitated the early dismissal of students from Stanford University in 05/1908; the San Francisco Call reported: "Because of no senior week activities the Stanford campus is rapidly being vacated today and by tomorrow noon the cardinal quad will be deserted. This is the first time in years that collegians have left their alma mater so soon after the college session had closed. In the past the week following the close of the college session has been a period of frivolity and receptions. Contrary to the custom of former years the senior week activities were abandoned by the 1908 class because of recent difficulties that forced a separation of friendship between the students and the student affairs committee which is headed by A.B. Clark." (See "Cardinals Leave without Festivity," San Francisco Call, 05/14/1908, p. 9.) The "Memorial Resolution" mentioned above listed some of A.B. Clark's accomplishments during his lifetime, outside of his teaching duties: "He was active in the early development and incorporation of the Mayfield community; later the Palo Alto Planning Commission originating the master plan of the community and working on problems of arterials, underpasses, and civic center." (See "Memorial Resolution Arthur B. Clark (1866-1948),"Accessed 11/02/2010.)

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