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Male, US, born 1876-06-26, died 1961-03-06

Associated with the firms network

Ashley, Keyser and Runge, Architects; Campbell and Pettus, Builders; Meyer and Evers; Meyer and Johnson; Meyer and O'Brien, Architects; Meyer, Frederick Herman, Architect; Meyer, Peugh, Pflueger and Rist, Architects; Newsom and Meyer

Professional History


Draftsman, Campbell and Pettus, Building Contractors, San Francisco, CA, 1896-1898.

Designer/Partner, [Samuel] Newsom and Meyer, Architects, San Francisco, CA, 1898-1900. In 1900, Newsom and Meyer had their office in the Mills Building in San Francisco. (See San Francisco, California, City Directory, 1900, p. 1879.)

Partner, Meyer and [Smith] O'Brien, San Francisco, CA, 01/1902-01/1908.

Principal, Frederick H. Meyer, Architect, San Francisco, CA, 1901, 1908-1912; Meyer worked with fellow architects John Galen Howard (1864-1931) and John Reid, Jr., (1879-1968), on the plan of San Francisco's new Civic Center and its new Auditorium Building, San Francisco, CA, 1912-1915; Meyer and Reid also coordinated the competition for the grand City Hall #5 (1912-1915), a symbol of the city's post-1906 renaissance. In 1920, Meyer's office was located at 742 Market Street. (See San Francisco, California, City Directory, 1920, p. 1133.)

Partner, Meyer and [Albin R.] Johnson, San Francisco, CA, c. 1920-1926.

Partner, [Dodge A.] Riedy and Meyer, San Francisco, CA.

Partner, Meyer, [W.D.] Peugh, [Martin] Rist and [Timothy L.] Pflueger, c. 1938.

Partner, Meyer and Albert John Evers, San Francisco, CA, 1945-after 1956. The firm became "Meyer and Associates," San Francisco, CA, c. 1960, (Associates being [Mark T.] Jorgenson [Lawrence H.] Keyser). The firm was succeeded by the firms of [George Frederick] Ashley, Keyser and [Christopher W.] Runge, [Alfred W.] Johnson and Runge, and Christopher W. Runge, Architect.

His obituary in the Western Architect and Engineer stated of Meyer: "He was an originator of large glass areas at a time when heavy masonry masking steel construction with small windows was the rule." His obituary also indicated that "At the time of his death, he was consulting architect to Ashley, Keyser & Runge, Architects." (See "Frederick Meyer Dies," Western Architect and Engineer, vol. 221, no 4, 04/1961, p. 7.)

Professional Activities

Meyer served as the National First Vice-President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), 1937-1938.

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1934.


Some materials on the work of Frederick H. Meyer is contained in the Frederick H. Meyer Collection, 1904-1962, held at the University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design Archives. (See Online Archive of California, "Frederick H. Meyer Collection, 1904-1962,"Accessed 02/29/2012.)



Meyer gained his architectural expertise via the apprentice method, and had no formal schooling in architecture.



Frederick H. Meyer lived, with his wife, Lilian, in San Francisco, CA at 2756 Steiner Street, c. 1909-1932.

Frederick and Lilian Meyer moved to Sausalito, CA, where they lived between 1932-1961; he died 03/06/1961 at Marin General Hospital, Greenbrae, CA.


Frederick Meyer's father, John Nicolaus, a German-born cabinetmaker, and his mother, obtained U.S. citizenship in 1877. His parents came from Schleswig-Holstein in Germany.


Meyer married Lillian B. Meyer c, 1902.


He and Lillian had two children, Norton (born 01/11/1903 in CA-09/07/1995 in Marin City, CA) and Phyllis (born c, 1905 in CA).

Biographical Notes

Meyer engaged in sailing during his free time.

Associated Locations

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

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  • Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, CA (Architect's Birth)
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