Male, Germany/US, born 1872-11-06, died 1961-01-06

Professional History


Apprentice, Cabinetmaker.


Instructor, Hopkins Institute of Art, San Francisco, CA, before 1906.

Founder, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA, 1907-1944.

This Frederick H. Meyer was primarily an educator, known for his founding work at the California College of Arts and Crafts, retiring from this institution in 1944. He designed furniture and interiors predominantly. Particularly notable were the interiors that he designed for dwellings of the Spreckels and Hearst Families.


Graduate, Cincinnati Technical School, Cincinnati, OH, 1892; coursework, Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art, Philadelphia, PA; Graduate, Royal Art School, Berlin, Germany, 1896.



Born in Hamelin, Lower Saxony, Germany, Meyer journeyed to California in 1888 to visit an uncle living in Fresno. He stayed for a time in the U.S., attending craft schools in Cincinnati, OH, and Philadelphia, PA. He, did, however, return to Germany to graduate from Berlin's Royal Art School in 1896.

Following graduation, Meyer left Germany for good, settling in Stockton, CA, where he became the Director of Art in the public schools.

Following his marriage in 1902, Meyer moved to San Francisco, CA, where he opened his own store designing furniture.


Meyer married Laetitia Summerville (11/04/1860-12/14/1947) in 1902. Laetitia was born in MA. Her mother's maiden name was Innes.


A daughter, Laetitia, lived from (07/18/1903-07/27/1988).

Biographical Notes

There were two Frederick H. Meyers working in San Francisco, CA, from around 1900 until 1961; one, Frederick Herman, was born in San Francisco and died in Greenbrae in 03/06/1961; the other was German-born, and died two months earlier, 01/06/1961; to compund identification difficulties, there was also a Frederick M. Meyer practicing in Los Angeles contemporaneously.

Associated Locations

  • Hamelin, Germany (Architect's Birth)
    Hamelin, Germany

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PCAD id: 763