Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)

Architects

Kelham, George

ID: 294
Full Name: George William Kelham
Occupation: Architect
Gender: M
Nationality: US
Birth Date: 1871-05-15
Death Date: 1936-10-27
Family: Spouse: He married Katherine Bruce Kelham, (born in Madison, WI, 05/17/1875) on 04/23/1901 in Cincinnati, OH; her father had been born in NY, her mother, OH.
Parents: His father, Daniel Kelham, Jr., was a furniture dealer in 1880; his mother, Mary Kelham, who was 9 years younger than her husband. Both had been born in MA. In 1880, Daniel and Mary's family, lived just down the street from his father, Daniel, Sr., who was also a furniture merchant. George W. Kelham had a brother, Fredric (born c. 1867 in MA).
Children: Son, Bruce Kelham, (born San Francisco, CA, 12/17/1906-died San Francisco, 12/14/1963);
Relocation: In 1880, George W. Kelham lived with his parents in Manchester, MA; Daniel and Mary Kelham were prosperous enough in 1880 to retain a servant, Maria M. Duffy, (born c. 1859 in Ireland). Kelham and his wife resided at 1945 Pierce Street in 1914 and 30 Florence Street in San Francisco by 1916. Between c. 1918-1928, Kelham, his wife, son, and a servant, Gertrude Hall (born c. 1891 in Norway) lived in a residence at 98 Sea Cliff Avenue in San Francisco. Ten years later, they dwelled at 2350 Scott Street in a residence worth a substantial $50,000. (They now had servant Sho Iwanaga [born c. 1865 in Japan] working for them.)
Biographical Information: Education: B.A., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Diplome, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1896;
Work History: Designer, Trowbridge and Livingston, New York, NY, 1898; Kelham traveled as Trowbridge and Livingston's Project Supervisor for Palace Hotel, San Francisco, CA, 1906; Principal, George W. Kelham, Architect, San Francisco, CA; from c. 1914-1923, Kelham's office was located in the Sharon Building, 55 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco. Buoyed by lucrative commissions during the 1920s, Kelham, in 1928, could afford costly, upper-floor office space in Room #1600 of the building at 315 Montgomery Street.
Miscellaneous: Kelham took his first trip abroad in 1924, visiting England, France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium and Holland; he was accompanied on this trip by his wife and son, Bruce.
Countries: United States
Structures: Anglo and London Paris National Bank of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA - 1908-1910 (5619)
City of San Francisco, Public Library (SFPL), Main Library #5, Civic Center, San Francisco, CA - 1915-1917 (3063)
Continental National Bank Building, Downtown, Salt Lake City, UT - 1924 (13875)
Dollar, John Harold, Building, Downtown, San Francisco, CA - 1920 (13545)
Farmers and Merchants Bank, Branch, Stockton, CA - 1917 (13908)
Hills Brothers Coffee Plant, San Francisco, CA - 1926 (1355)
Palace Hotel #2, San Francisco, CA - 1906-1908 (992)
Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE), Master Plan, San Francisco, CA - 1912-1915 (1314)
Russ Building, Downtown, San Francisco, CA - 1928 (13874)
San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), Marina Middle School, San Francisco, CA - 1936 (2243)
Security 1st National Bank, Office Building, Financial District, San Francisco, CA - 1922 (3423)
Sharon Building, San Francisco, CA - 1912 (994)
Shell Oil Company, Office Building, San Francisco, CA - 1929-1930 (513)
Standard Oil Company of California, Office Building #2, Financial District, San Francisco, CA - 1922 (3424)
Standard Oil Company of California, Office Building, Los Angeles, CA - 1923-1924 (1855)
Stanford University, Roble Hall #2, Stanford, CA - 1917 (16153)
United States Government, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Headquarters #1, San Francisco, CA - 1920-1924 (1356)
University of California, Berkeley, International House, Berkeley, CA - 1928-1930 (10617)
University of California, Berkeley, Life Sciences Building, Berkeley, CA - (1049)
University of California, Los Angeles, Haines Hall, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA - (2508)
University of California, Los Angeles, Kerckhoff Hall, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA - 1931 (4293)
University of California, Los Angeles, Men's Gymnasium, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA - 1932 (2517)
University of California, Los Angeles, Moore Hall, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA - 1930 (1157)
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Bridge, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA - 1926-1927 (10259)
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Powell Library, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA - 1927-1929 (1363)
Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), Main Building, Downtown, San Diego, CA - 1912 (5466)
Locations: Architect's Birth:
Manchester, MA
USA
Publications: "Portland Cement Association University of California, Berkeley, Life Sciences Building Ad", American Architect, 139: 2591, 115, 01/1931.
"Landmarks of Modern Distinction American District Telegraph Company Advertisement Shell Oil Building", American Architect, 139: 2595, 69, 5/1931.
"Building for Standard Oil Co. of California, San Francisco, Cal. : George W. Kilham, architect", American Architect and the Architectural Review, 124: 2426, 08/15/1923.
Breeze, Carla, American Art Deco Architecture and Regionalism, 230-231, 2003.
Nolan, John, "New Federal Reserve Bank, San Francisco", Architect and Engineer, 63: 71-72, 1920.
"Shell Building, San Francisco", Architectural Digest, 8: 2, 46-47, 1931.
"California Club, Los Angeles: Robert D. Farquhar, Architect, George W. Kelham, consulting architect", Architectural Digest, 8: 2, 4-10, 1931-1933 ?.
"Standard Oil Building, Los Angeles: George W. Kelham, architect", Architectural Digest, 2: 2, 59, 1926.
Keast, W.R. Morton, Randall, A.B., "The Minimum Building for Varying Land Values", Architectural Record, 389, 04/1930.
"Good Buildings Deserve Good Hardware Corbin", Architectural Record, 68: 3, 97, 09/1930.
Barreneche, Raul A., "Back in the stacks", Architecture, 86: 3, 116-119, 03/1997.
Woodbridge, Sally B., Woodbridge, John B., Architecture San Francisco: The Guide, 69, 1982.
Woodbridge, Sally B., Woodbridge, John B., Architecture San Francisco: The Guide, 21, 1982.
Withey, Henry F., Withey, Elsie Rathburn, "Kelham, George W.", Biographical Dictionary of American Architects (Deceased), 334, 1956.
Van Slyck, Abigail A., Free to All: Carnegie Libraries & American Culture 1890-1920, 93, 1995.
Gebhard, David, Montgomery, Robert, "26. Russ Building", Guide to Architecture in San Francisco and Northern California, 67, 1985.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Guide to Architecture in San Francisco and Northern California, 71, 1985.
Gebhard, David, Montgomery, Robert, "55. Old Federal Reserve Building", Guide to Architecture in San Francisco and Northern California, 71, 1985.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 116-117, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 228, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 117, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 117, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 117, 1994.
"Work at University Site", Los Angeles Times, A1, 01/27/1927.
Lewis, Oscar, Hall, Carroll D., onanza Inn: America's First Luxury Hotel, 1939.
Delahanty, Randolph, Preserving the West, 60-61, 1985.
Woodbridge, Sally B., Woodbridge, John M., San Francisco Architecture, 32, 1992.
"The Panama-Pacific Exposition Architects", Western Architect, 18: 3, 28, 03/1912.
"Y.M.C.A. Building, San Diego, California, George W. Kelham, Architect, San Francisco, California", Western Architect, 19: 7, np, 7/1913.