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This site is a forum and on-line resource center pertaining to Lewis P. Hobart, Architect, and his work. If you have an interest in the architectural history of San Francisco, I invite you to become a member of this Yahoo group. Phelps Hobart, Grandson

Lewis Parsons Hobart

Lewis Parsons Hobart was born in St. Louis, Missouri on January 14, 1873. After graduating from preparatory schools in the East, he attended U.C. Berkeley for a year. While there he was influenced by Bernard Maybeck (as were many other young students, such as Julia Morgan and Arthur Brown, Jr.), participating in drawing classes that Maybeck taught in his home. Hobart left Berkeley to study architecture for two years at the American Academy in Rome and followed that by three years of further architectural training at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1901 to 1903.

Back in the United States, Hobart first worked in New York for two years, and then returned to the Bay Area in 1906, to participate in the rebuilding of the City after the earthquake and fire. He obtained his State Architectural license in October 1906 (number B429). His classical training and knowledge of steel-frame construction stood him in good stead and he obtained commissions for major building and prominent residences in and about San Francisco.

Hobart is best known in San Francisco for his work implementing the design of Grace Episcopal Cathedral on Nob Hill.

In 1932 Hobart became the first President of the San Francisco Arts Commission, and later was appointed to the Board of Architects for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition held on Treasure Island, for which he also designed the Court of Flowers and the Court of Reflections. He died on October 19, 1954 and his funeral was held at Grace Cathedral.

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  • California
  • Dec 21, 2003
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