Henry H. Gutterson (1884-1954)


Gutterson, Henry H.

Personal Information

Birth/Death:    AIA notified of decease Sept. 1954
Occupation:    American architect
Location (state):    CA

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AIA Affiliation

Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 1926-decease
Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) 1946

Biographical Sources

Biographical information:
Contributed by the Environmental Design Archives, University of California, Berkeley:
Henry Gutterson was born in 1884 in Minnesota. He graduated from Berkeley High School in 1903, and from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Architecture in 1905. He attended L'Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, France from 1906 to 1909. After a brief stay in New York working for Grosvenor Atterbury, Gutterson returned to California in 1910. In 1911 he married Helen Arnett.
The beginning of Gutterson's career was spent working for John Galen Howard on the design staff for the Panama-Pacific Exposition. He also worked for the Oakland city architect's staff before opening his own private practice in 1916. Gutterson's major projects include houses in St. Francis Woods, where he was supervising architect, and other residential developments in San Francisco and the East Bay. He designed houses in the Berkeley Hills, including homes on Rose Walk. Non-residential designs include the school building for the First Church of Christ, Scientist (Berkeley), the Second Church of Christ Scientist (on Spruce Street in Berkeley) and Old Jefferson School (also in Berkeley). He worked with Bernard Maybeck on several projects, including churches and the Principia College Library (Illinois).
Gutterson taught briefly at the University of California from 1910 to 1911, and from 1920 to 1921. He was active in civic planning, and was a member of the Berkeley Planning Commission and the co-founder and president of the Berkeley Planning and Housing Association. From 1927 to 1930, he served as president of the Sierra Nevada chapter of the A.I.A. In 1946 Gutterson received an award from the A.I.A. for his pioneering work in the unification of the profession.

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Archival Holdings

The American Institute of Architects Archives
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Environmental Design Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Collection Number: 1956-2. Extent: 1 folder, 6 oversize folders. The Henry Gutterson collection contains original drawings, blueprints, and specifications relating to residential and church designs. Projects in the collection include the First Church of Christ Scientist (Santa Barbara), the Berkeley High School auditorium, Ninth Church of Christ, Scientist (San Francisco), the A.A. Tibbe Residence (Oakland), the Principia College library (Illinois), and St. Francis Wood, San Francisco. The sketches include a portrait, a landscape, and a detailed pencil drawing of the Notre Dame cathedral. The collection also contains blueprints and trace drawings from 2922 Garber Street (Berkeley) that were donated separately. Gutterson drawings for the First Church of Christ, Scientist (Berkeley), can be found in the Bernard Maybeck collection (see Bernard Maybeck). Link to online finding aid: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/tf4199n72p