Clinton Day (1846-1916)


Day, Clinton

Personal Information

Birth/Death:    deceased 01/11/1916
Occupation:    American architect
Location (state):    CA

This record has not been verified for accuracy.

AIA Affiliation

Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 1902-decease
Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) 1912

Biographical Sources

Biographical Directories:
Entry in Henry F. Withey, A.I.A., and Elsie Rathburn Withey, Biographical Dictionary of American Architects (Deceased) (Los Angeles: New Age Publishing Company, 1956. Facsimile edition, Hennessey & Ingalls, Inc., 1970)

Biographical Information:
Contributed by the Environmental Design Archives, University of California, Berkeley:
Clinton Day was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1846, but moved to California with his family when he was eight years old. His father, Sherman Day, a former State Senator, was co-founder of the College of California (predecessor of the University of California at Berkeley). Clinton Day graduated from the College of California in 1868, and received his masters degree from the University in 1874. In 1875 he married Grace Wakefield.
Clinton Day's projects include the original Chemistry Building on the UC Berkeley campus, the Memorial Church at Stanford University, the Union Trust Building, Spring Valley Building, Mutual Life Building, and homes in Oakland and Berkeley. He also designed the sundial, a gift of the class of 1977, for UC Berkeley. Although he completed several projects for UC Berkeley, most have been destroyed.
Day was a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects. He received an honorary LL.D. from Berkeley in 1910. After a 37-year career, Clinton Day died at his home in Berkeley in 1916.

Journal of the American Institute of Architects, death notice February 1916 and obituary March 1916

Related Records

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: 1920-2. Extent: 3 folders. The Clinton Day collection consists of photographs and a clipping from the American Architect and Building News (a drawing by the architect). The photographs are of UC Berkeley buildings that have since been destroyed. This includes two residences designed by Day and subsequently used as University offices, and numerous photographs of the original Chemistry Building. Photographs of the Chemistry Building include later images by Morley Baer that were not part of the original donation. Link to online finding aid: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/tf8g5006tj