Lewis Hobart (1873-1954)
Lewis P. Hobart received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and studied at the American Academy in Rome and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Hobart was very involved in the rebuilding of San Francisco after the earthquake and fire of 1906, designing structures in a variety of styles that reflected his Beaux-Arts training. He was the original architect for Grace Cathedral (completed by Weihe, Frick & Kruse), and he designed the Academy of Sciences, the University of California hospital, and several office buildings in downtown San Francisco and Oakland. He also designed numerous mansions in Hillsborough and Burlingame.
The Lewis P. Hobart collection consists of drawings from the Shredded Wheat Company building (Oakland 1915), the White Investment Company building (San Francisco 1907), the Kiersted residence (Hillsborough n.d.), and the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company (San Francisco 1913-1914). Hobart’s photographs of Grace Cathedral can be found in the Weihe, Frick & Kruse collection.