Architect Timothy L. Pflueger : LUSENET : San Francisco History : One Thread

I am doing biographical research on bay area architect Timothy L. Pflueger and am not having much luck. the best I have found is the book "time and Tim Remembered..." Can anyone offer any other suggestions? Many thanks!

-- Skye Salveson (, March 06, 2005


Expand you search to include his architectural firm of Miller and Pflueger.

Timothy Pflueger was one of San Francisco's most colorful artistic figures, and monuments to his extraordinary style are scattered throughout the Bay Area. His first executed design (1912) was the Portola Valley church, Our Lady of the Wayside - now designated a California State Historic Landmark. Fans of old movie theaters may recognize Pflueger as the architect of the Castro, Alhambra, and El Rey theaters, and the renovator of the lobby and facade of the New Mission Theater in San Francisco. But his selection as the architect for the Paramount Theatre project was based on his reputation as the designer of three extraordinary buildings in downtown San Francisco: the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company Building at 140 New Montgomery Street (1925, with A.A. Cantin) now known as the PacBell Building, the Medical and Dental Building at 450 Sutter Street (1930), and the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange at Bush and Sansome Streets (1930).

Also see: Timothy Pflueger's contributions to the art and architecture of the City Club of San Francisco]

Also see: Timothy Pflueger's sketches, renderings, and models collected at SFMOMA]

Timothy Pflueger's distinguished career continued after the building of the Paramount Theatre. He was appointed chairman of the board of consulting architects on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge project, and was one of a five-member board of architects that designed the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939-1940. Among Pflueger's later works were the Circus (Le Cirque) Room of the Fairmont Hotel, the Top of the Mark at the Mark Hopkins Hotel (1939), the Patent Leather Lounge or Orchid Room at the St. Francis Hotel (1939), and the Bal Tabarin (now Bimbo's) on Columbus Avenue. Pflueger also designed George Washington High School, Roosevelt Junior High School, most of the major buildings of City College of San Francisco, the Union Square Plaza and Garage in 1942 (the world's first underground multi-level parking garage) and, shortly before his death in 1946, I. Magnin's on Union Square. Pflueger's East Bay Area designs include several buildings in Shattuck Square which have been designated City of Berkeley Landmarks and Structures of Merit.

-- strange (, March 07, 2005.

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