Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)


Pflueger, Timothy

ID: 89
Full Name: Timothy Ludwig Pflueger
Occupation: Architect
Gender: M
Nationality: US
Birth Date: 1892-09-26
Death Date: 1946-11-20
Family: Spouse: Pflueger never married.
Parents: Timothy Pflueger's father was August Pflueger (b. 02/1859 in Germany), a tailor, who arrived from Germany c. 1886. In 1910, August had his own tailor's shop. Pflueger's mother was Attilee Quandt (B. 03/1864 in Germany); she had emigrated from Germany in 1882. Timothy had a five brothers: Paul A. (b. 01/1891 in CA), Hugo A.(b. CA 01/1895 or 06/1895 in San Francisco), William (b. 02/1898 in CA), Otto H. (b. c. 1902 in San Francisco) and Milton T. Pflueger (b. 10/12/1907 in orn in San Francisco). One of his siblings had died by 1900. Milton would go on to become a significant architect in the Bay Area.
Relocation: He lived at 1015 Guerrero Street in San Francisco, with his parents and five brothers according to the US Census of 1910; Pflueger died of a heart attack outside of the Olympic Club in San Francisco at age 54.
Biographical Information: Education: Pflueger never graduated from high school, his education ending with 8th grade in 1906; he apprenticed with the firm of Miller and De Colmesnil, Architects, and, with the encouragement of James Miller, attended night classes at the San Francisco Architectural Club; this training imparted to him the main aspects of the Beaux-Arts architectural method.
Work History: Office boy/Draftsman, Miller and De Colmesnil, Architects, San Francisco, CA, 1907-1923; Pflueger was retained at age 15 as a draftsman, mentored by James R. Miller; the year following the Earthquake and Fire of 1906, the Miller-De Colmesnil Office, like most in the city, must have been inundated with work; Pflueger worked on the Our Lady of the Wayside Church, Portola Valley, CA (1912), one of his first design projects. Partner, Miller and Pflueger, Architects, San Francisco, CA, 1923-1937; Principal, Timothy Pflueger, Architect, San Francisco, CA, 1937-1946;
Miscellaneous: Pflueger's birthdate was given variously as 1898 and 1892 in the Los Angeles Public Library's California Index; Pflueger, along with James R. Miller, designed some of the most notable office buildings in San Francisco of the 1920s, such as 450 Sutter Street (San Francisco, 1927) and the Executive Offices of the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company (San Francisco, 1927); during the short span of his independent practice, 1939-1946, Pflueger designed the "Top of the Mark" Lounge at the top of the Mark Hopkins Hotel (San Francisco, c. 1940), the Union Square Parking Garage (San Francisco, 1942), and I. Magnin stores throughout California. The stark form, white marble cladding, and striking fenestration of his Union Square store in San Francisco were especially notable. Pflueger traveled to Paris in 1938.
Countries: United States
Structures: 450 Sutter Street Office Building, San Francisco, CA - 1927 (1046)
Alameda Theatre #2, Alameda, CA - 1933 (3149)
Alhambra Theatre, Russian Hill, San Francisco, CA - 1925-1926 (1070)
American Telephone and Telegraph Company (A, T and T), Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, Office Building, San Francisco, CA - 1923-1925 (3591)
Castro Theatre #2, Castro District, San Francisco, CA - (1069)
City and County of San Francisco, Municipal Trasportation Agency, Union Square, Parking Garage, San Francisco, CA - 1941-1942 (11071)
El Rey Theatre, San Francisco, CA - (1072)
Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, CA - 1902-1907 (3313)
Golden Gate International Exposition, Federal Theatre Project, Yerba Buena Island, San Francisco, CA - 1938 (231)
Golden Gate International Exposition (GGIE), Government Pavilion, Yerba Buena Island, San Francisco, CA - 1938-1939 (11186)
Key System, Oakland Substation, Oakland, CA - 1937 (9319)
Magnin, I., Department Store, Beverly Hills, CA - 1939 (3917)
Magnin, I., Department Store, Union Square, San Francisco, CA - 1905 (2165)
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Office Building, San Francisco, CA - 1908-1909 (17756)
Mission Theatre #2, Mission District, San Francisco, CA - 1915-1917 (3757)
Oregon State Capitol #3, Salem, OR - (1075)
Pacific Coast Stock Exchange, Club, San Francisco, CA - 1930 (1023)
Paramount Theatre, Oakland, CA - 1930-1931 (1025)
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco, Our Lady of the Wayside Church, Portola Valley, CA - 1912-1913 (9320)
Royal Theatre, San Francisco, CA - 1916 (1545)
San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, Yerba Buena Island Substation, Yerba Buena Island, San Francisco, CA - 1937 (9329)
San Francisco Stock and Bond Exchange, Financial District, San Francisco, CA - 1915 (99)
San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), Lincoln, Abraham, High School, San Francisco, CA - 1938-1940 (6696)
Senator Theatre, Chico, CA - 1929 (1073)
State of California, Department of Public Works, Division of Highways, San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge #1 - 1933-1936 (3140)
State of California, Department of Public Works, Division of Highways, San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, Firehouse, Yerba Buena Island, San Francisco, CA - 1936 (9322)
State Theatre, Oroville, CA - 1928 (18769)
Sterling Street Substation, San Francisco, CA - 1937 (9323)
Locations: Architect's Birth:
San Francisco, CA
Architect's Death:
San Francisco, CA
Publications: 139, 2592, "Bethlehem Steel Company Advertisement, 450 Sutter Building", American Architect, 121, 2/1931.
"Pages from 60 Years of Architectural Progress", American Architect, CXLVIII: 2641, 25, 01/1936.
"The Circus Bar, Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco", American Architect, 148: 2641, 45-46, 01/1936.
"Week End Cottage of Robert Shaw, Richmond Shore, California", American Architect, 148: 2641, 47-48, 01/1936.
Breeze, Carla, American Art Deco Architecture and Regionalism, 264-267, 2003.
Breeze, Carla, American Art Deco Architecture and Regionalism, 268-269, 2003.
Naylor, David, American Picture Palaces The Architecture of Fantasy, 152, 164, 167-170, 184-185, 194, 219, 1981.
Naylor, David, American Picture Palaces The Architecture of Fantasy, 220, 1981.
National Trust for Historic Preservation, "Using Old Buildings", America's Forgotten Architecture, 286-288, 1976.
Architect & Engineer, 12/1931.
"Oregon State Capitol Competition", Architectural Forum, 65: 2-10, 7/1936.
Architectural Forum, 4/1930.
"Constructions d'expositions", Architecture d'aujourd'hui, 11: 1-2 (new series), 62, 1940.
Woodbridge, Sally B., Woodbridge, John B., Architecture San Francisco: The Guide, 6, 1982.
Geran, Monica, "Hermes, San Francisco: the French firm's shop, at I. Magnin, designed by Maher + Sayer", Interior design, 58: 3, 284-285, 2/1987.
"Necrology", Journal of the American Institute of Architects, 7: 2, 109, 02/1947.
"Photo feature: theatres of Timothy Pflueger", Marquee, 26: 3, 14-23, 1994.
Levin, Steven, "Paramount Theatre, Oakland", Marquee, 5: 11-18, Fourth Quarter 1973.
"Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Building, San Francisco, 12/1925", Pacific Coast Architect, 28: 6, 3, 12/1925.
"Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Building, San Francisco, 9/1924", Pacific Coast Architect, 26: 3, 25-27, 09/1924.
Woodbridge, Sally, "The Paramount Plays Again", Progressive Architecture, 55: 50-57, 7/1974.
Burris-Meyer, Harold, Cole, Edward C., Theatres & Auditoriums, 213, 1949.