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Lilian Bridgman papers, 1899-1983

Lilian Bridgman papers, 1899-1983

Bridgman, Lilian, 1866-1948


Collection Information

Size: 0.2 linear ft.

Summary: Personal photographs, glass negatives, property tax records, annual architect's fee receipts, and the book, Lilian Bridgman, Architect (1983) by Bridgman's niece, Lilian Bridgman Davies.

Biographical/Historical Note

Architect; San Francisco Bay Area, Calif. Born in eastern Kansas, Bridgman attended Kansas State Agricultural College in 1888 and in 1893 received her Master's Degree in Science from Berkeley. In 1899, without formal training, she designed and built a home in Berkeley. In 1912 she studied architecture and drawing at Berkeley. In 1923, she was one the architects given the task of rebuilding North Berkeley after a disastorous fire. As an architect, she followed the Bay Area architects who designed simple houses emphasizing horizontal lines and materials that blend with the landscape.


Donated 1994 by Alan W. Ford, owner from ca. 1987-1994 of a house designed by Bridgman. Ford previously inherited and lived in the house of art patron Olive Thompson Cowell, whose papers she also donated; the Cowell papers are cataloged separately.

Restrictions on Access

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How to Cite This Collection

Lilian Bridgman papers, 1899-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.