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Alfred Henry Jacobs
Amerikaans architect (1882-1954)

Alfred Henry Jacobs

Alfred Henry Jacobs
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Intro Amerikaans architect (1882-1954)
Was Architect Physician
From United States of America
Field Engineering Healthcare
Gender male
Birth 1882
Death 14 December 1954 (aged 72 years)
Alfred Henry Jacobs
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Alfred Henry Jacobs (1882 – December 14, 1954) was an American architect. He designed theaters, hotels, and religious buildings. Three of the buildings he designed are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The University of California, Berkeley has a collection of his papers, drawings, and photographs.

His father Julius Jacobs was born in Prussia in 1840 and immigrated to California in 1853. In 1898 he was appointed Assistant U.S. Treasurer, in charge of the Sub-Treasury in San Francisco.

Alfred Henry Jacobs was born in San Francisco in 1882 to Julius and Sarah Adler Jacobs. He graduated from the California School of Mechanical Arts (now Lick-Wilmerding High School). He studied at University of California at Berkeley and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received a B.S. degree in architecture in 1904 and an M.S. degree in architecture in 1905. He did further studies at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris.

Back in San Francisco by 1907, he partnered with Walter Ratcliff and helped design the Berkeley Tennis Club (1908). In 1909, he joined San Francisco's Fidelity Lodge, Number 120, Free and Accepted Masons of California and established his own firm.

He married Lillian Wollenberg in 1908.

Jacobs gained emeritus membership status with the American Institute of Architects. He was Jewish. He died on December 14, 1954.


  • Berkeley Tennis Club (1908)
Grabhorn Press building
  • Religious School House for Congregation Emanu-El (1910), now the Grabhorn Press building at 1337 Sutter Street in San Francisco, California Jacobs, Alfred Henry NRHP Listed
Herald Hotel
  • Herald Hotel, 308 Eddy St. San Francisco, CA Jacobs, Alfred Henry NRHP Listed
  • Memorial for the Pacific Hebrew Orphan Asylum at the Home of Peace Cemetery in Colma, California
  • Commercial building at 1244-1268 Sutter Street (1911)
  • Jacobs family's residence (1915) at 80 21st Avenue in San Francisco
  • California Theater (1916), renamed the State Theatre, at 787-799 Market Street in San Francisco, torn down in 1954
  • Winema Theater (1920) on Main Street in Scotia, California. Made with redwood.
  • Curran Theater (1921–1922) at 445 Geary Street in San Francisco
  • Granada Theater (1920–1921) renamed the Paramount Theatre. Dismantled in 1965
  • Homewood Terrace (1920–1921) for the Pacific Hebrew Orphan Asylum and Home Society, San Francisco
  • House for Ansel Adams (1929) at 129 24th Avenue in San Francisco
  • Butterfield and Butterfield Auctioneer building
  • Jewish orphanage (demolished)
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