Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)


Morrow, Gertrude

ID: 649
Full Name: Gertrude Comfort Morrow
Occupation: Architect
Gender: M
Nationality: US
Family: Relocation: Born in San Francisco, Gertrude Comfort lived and worked in the Bay Area for most of her life. She passed away in Tucson, AZ in 1987.
Biographical Information: Education: B.Arch., University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Berkeley, CA, 1913; M.Arch., UCB, Berkeley, CA, 1914. A small but determined group of women graduated from the UCB's Architecture Department in the ealry 1910s. Gertrude Morrow attended at about the same time as Helen Waterman (1891-1954, a 1914 graduate) and Grace Morin (who graduated in 1912 and later became a Professor of Home Economics at Cornell University) and four years after Lilian J. Rice (1889-1938, a 1910 graduate).
Work History: Principal, Grace Comfort, Architect, San Francisco, CA, c. 1912-1924. Morrow served as the supervising architect for Saint Francis Woods c. 1917-1918. Designer, Irving Morrow, Architect, San Francisco, CA, c. 1924; Partner, Morrow and Morrow, Architects, San Francisco/Berkeley, CA, -1952.
Miscellaneous: During her retirement, (following the death of Irving Morrow in 1952), she pursued landscape painting and ballroom dancing.
Archives: The Architectural Documents Collection of the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), contains a collection of papers on Irving and Gertrude and Morrow, as well as a collection pertaining to the Morrow's work at Duncan McDuffie's Saint Francis Wood development in San Francisco. McDuffie (1877-1951) was a notable realtor and real estate developer in the Bay Area.
Countries: United States