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Male, US, born 1894-04-16, died 1989-04-30

Associated with the firms network

Clark and Clark, Architects; Clark and Stromquist, Architects; Clark, Birge M., Architect; Clark, Stromquist and Sandstrom, Architects; Clark, Stromquist, Potter, Ehrlich, Partnership

Professional History


Captain, U.S. Army Balloon Service, World War I, 1917-1919; Partner, [Arthur Bridgeman] Clark and Clark, Architects, Palo Alto, CA, 1919- ; Partner, Clark and [David B.] Clark, Architects, Palo Alto, CA; Partner, Clark and [Walter] Stromquist, Architects, Palo Alto, CA; Partner, Clark, Stromquist and Sandstrom, Architects, Palo Alto, CA, -1957; Partner, Clark, Stromquist, [David F.] Potter and [Joseph] Ehrlich, Architects, Palo Alto, CA, 1957- ;


Instructor in Architecture, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 1950-1972.

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1952; Honor Award of Merit, American Institute of Architects, Northern California, East Bay, and Coast Valleys Chapters for Magna Engineering Company Building, 1953;


Clark's professional papers, about 2000 items dating between 1909-1954, have been archived in the Stanford University Libraries' Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Birge M. Clark Architectural Drawings (SC0838). According to the Online Archive of California (OAC): "Collection contains architectural drawings by Birge M. Clark, his brother David B. Clark, and other partners Walter Stromquist, David F. Potter and Joseph Ehrlich, with a few drawings by his father A. B. Clark. Projects were mostly located in Palo Alto, Stanford, and other communities on the Peninsula and included residences, schools, businesses, and city offices. Most of the drawings are pencil on tissue but other formats are also represented." (See the Online Archive of California, "Guide to the Birge M. Clark Architectural Drawings," accessed 08/01/2016.)


High School/College

Graduate, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA; A.B., Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 1914; B.Arch., Columbia University, New York, NY, 1917;



Born in Palo Alto, CA, Birge Clark attended college in New York, NY, c. 1917. He saw service in the military during World War I, and returned to Palo Alto, where he maintained a professional practice for over 60 years.


Birge M. Clark was the son of Professor Arthur Bridgman Clark (1866-1948), an Art Professor at Stanford University; the family was well-rooted within the Stanford academic community by the time Birge became an architect.


Clark married Lucile Townley (1896-1986), in 1922.


He and Lucile Townley had four children.

PCAD id: 759

548 Gerona Road House, Stanford, CA1928StanfordCA
City of Palo Alto, Fire and Police Station #2, Palo Alto, CAPalo AltoCA
City of Palo Alto, Stern, Lucie, Community Center, Palo Alto, CAPalo AltoCA
Gousha, H.M., Company, San Jose, CA1946San JoseCA
Hewlett-Packard (HP) Corporation, Office Building, Palo Alto, CA1954Palo AltoCA
Hewlett-Packard (HP) Corporation, Stanford Industrial Park, Headquarters, Palo Alto, CA1956-1957
Hoover, Lou Henry and Herbert, House, Stanford, CA1919-1920StanfordCA
Los Altos Unified School District, Los Altos High School, Los Altos, CA1955Los AltosCA
Magna Engineering Building, Menlo Park, CA1951Menlo ParkCA
Medico-Dental Building, Downtown, Palo Alto, CA1927Palo AltoCA
Norris, Charles and Kathleen, House, Palo Alto, CA1927
Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Building, Palo Alto, CA1958Palo AltoCA
Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Main Clinic, Palo Alto, CA1961Palo AltoCA
Palo Alto Mutual Building and Loan Association, Building, Palo Alto, CA1947Palo AltoCA
Palo Alto Mutual Savings and Loan Association, Menlo Park Branch, Menlo Park, CA1961Menlo ParkCA
Palo Alto Unified School District, Van Auken, Elizabeth, Elementary School, Palo Alto, CA1950
Parks, George Sutton, Sr., House, Palo Alto, CA1927Palo AltoCA
Ramona Street Architectural District, Palo Alto, CA
San Jose Unified School District, Camden High School, Cambrian Park, San Jose, CA1954San JoseCA
San Jose Unified School District, Cory, Benjamin, Grammar School, Cory, San Jose, CA1949-1950San JoseCA
Stanford University, Jordan, David Starr and Jesse Knight, House #2, Stanford, CA1923StanfordCA
United States Government, Postal Service (USPS), Post Office #2, Palo Alto, CA1931-1932Palo AltoCA
White Office Building, Palo Alto, CA1961Palo AltoCA