Bernard Maybeck lived in Berkeley, across San Francisco Bay. He was an instructor of engineering drawing at the University of California; he was also the architect of San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts.
Phoebe Apperson Hearst (December 1842 - April 1919) was an American philanthropist, feminist and suffragist. She married George Hearst (September 1820 - February 1891) in 1862, when she was 19 years old, and he was 41 years old. Hearst was a successful Comstock Lode miner, and he had struck it rich. Phoebe Apperson Hearst gave birth to William Randolph Hearst in 1863.
Phoebe Apperson Hearst died at her home in Pleasanton, California, aged 76, on 13 April 1919, during the worldwide influenza pandemic of 1918-1919. She was laid to rest at Cypress Lawn Cemetery, Colma, California.
George Hearst was elected to the US Senate as one of two Senators from the state of California. He served as Senator from 4 March 1887 to his death on 28 February 1891.
Phoebe Apperson Hearst donated millions of dollars towards the development of the University of California, Berkeley.
William Randolph Hearst was their only child; he was an astute businessman who became very wealthy. At the height of his power, he owned eighteen newspapers, nine magazines, several radio stations, and a movie studio. In 1919 he hired Julia Morgan (January 1872-February 1957) to design Hearst Castle. She was the first woman architect licensed to practice in California.
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Edward R. Swain designed this Arizona sandstone building. It was constructed between 1894 and 1896 for William Franklin Whittier, a wealthy entrepreneur. Mr. Whittier lived in the house until his death in 1917 at the age of 85. His daughter Martha Smith Whittier Weir sold the house for $44,000 to the Nazi German government in April 1941. For a short period of time, the mansion became the German consulate in San Francisco.
The United States Federal Government seized the property immediately after Nazi Germany declared war on the United States on 11 December 1941, four days after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. The mansion remained bolted shut during the war years. In 1946, the responsibility of government oversight of the property was given to the office of the United States Attorney General. It was then decided to put the property on the market for sale. The California Historical Society purchased the property in 1946. The estate is now a private residence. This building is San Francisco Landmark #75.
THEN The former Nazi German Consulate as seen circa 1950, after the California Historical Society purchased the property. Thanks to William K. who identified the car as a British Austin Motor vehicle, which helped me determine the approximate date of the photograph.