Irving F. Morrow (1884-1952)


Morrow, Irving F.

Personal Information

Birth/Death:    deceased 10/28/1952
Occupation:    American architect
Location (state):    CA

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AIA Affiliation

Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 1939-decease

Biographical Sources

Biographical information:
Contributed by the Environmental Design Archives, University of California, Berkeley:
Irving F. Morrow was born in Oakland, California in 1884. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 1906, and attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts from 1908 to 1911.
Morrow began his practice in San Francisco and Oakland in 1916, designing schools, houses, banks, theaters, hotels, and commercial buildings. Highlights of his career include working on the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915, consulting on the architecture of the Golden Gate Bridge from 1932 to 1937 (he chose its orange color), and participating in the San Francisco Golden Gate International Exposition from 1939 to 1940. He also designed the rectory and guest house of the San Juan Bautista Mission. During his career, Morrow worked for William Hays, John Galen Howard, and other Bay Area architects. He practiced with partner William I. Garren from 1916 to 1925. From 1925 until 1952, he was a partner in Morrow and Morrow with his wife Gertrude. (They married in 1920.)
Irving Morrow was a member of the American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects. He was the editor of Pacific Coast Architecture, San Francisco, from 1916-1919 and 1921-925, and contributed to the Architectural Record and various other periodicals. From 1930-1941 he was the chairman on the Section on Architecture of the Commonwealth Club of California. Morrow also served as the Director of the American Historical Building Survey (HABS) for California north of San Luis Obispo.

Related Records

Husband and partner of Gertrude E. Comfort Morrow
Partner of William I. Garren

Archival Holdings

The American Institute of Architects Archives
      Membership file may contain membership application, related correspondence. Contact the AIA Archives at archives@aia.org for further information.

Environmental Design Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Collection Number: 1992-1. Extent: 6 boxes, 2 flat boxes, 2 flat file drawers, 10 tubes. The Morrow collection primarily documents the professional activities and architectural projects of Gertrude Comfort Morrow and Irving F. Morrow, including projects created by the firms of Morrow & Garren and Morrow & Morrow. The collection is organized into four series. Series I, Professional Papers, consists of resumes, awards, student works and clippings relating to both Irving and Gertrude Morrow. It also contains records related to Irving's involvement and membership in professional organizations such as the American Institute of Architects and the Commonwealth Club of California. Series II, Project Records, is Arranged according to creator and chronology. It consists of photographs, correspondence, and drawings from project by Irving F. Morrow, Morrow & Garren, Gertrude Morrow, and Morrow & Morrow. Series III consists of Irving Morrow's Historical American Buildings Survey (HABS) records, including certificates, photographs and catalogs. The bulk of the collection was donated to the archives in 1992, however, the final series contains one drawing that was donated separately, in 1959. Link to online finding aid: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/tf3k4003sp