Art Deco San Francisco: The Architecture of Timothy Pflueger

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The Castro Theatre, the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Headquarters, 450 Sutter Medico-Dental Buildingthesemasterpieces of San Francisco's Art Deco heritage are the work of one man: Timothy Pflueger. An immigrant's sonwith only a grade-school education, Pflueger began practicing architecture after San Francisco's 1906 earthquake. While his contemporaries looked to Beaux-Arts traditions to rebuild the city, he brought exotic Mayan, Asian, and Egyptian forms to buildings ranging from simple cocktail lounges to the city's first skyscrapers. Pflueger was one of the city's most prolificarchitects during his 40-year career. He designed two major downtown skyscrapers, two stock exchanges, several neighborhood theaters, movie palaces for four smaller cities (including the beloved Paramount in Oakland), some ofthe city's biggest schools, and at least 50 homes. His works include the San Francisco Stock Exchange, the ever-popularTop of the Mark, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and the San Francisco World's Fair. It is a testament to his talentthat many of his buildings still stand and many have been named landmarks.

Therese Poletti tells the fascinating story of Pflueger's life and work in Art Deco San Francisco. In lively detail, she relates how Pflueger built extravagant compositions in metal, concrete, and glass. She also tells the story behind the architecture: Pflueger's commissioning and support of muralist Diego Rivera, his association with photographer Ansel Adams and sculptor Ralph Stackpole, and his childhood friendship turned to adulthood sponsorship with San Francisco Mayor James "Sunny" Rolph Jr. Beautiful archival photography mixes with stunning new photography in this collection of a truly Californian, but ultimately American, story.

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Therese Poletti has been a journalist for nearly 20 years. She has written for the San Jose Mercury News and currently works for MarketWatch as a technology columnist. She lives in San Francisco.

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"Generously illustrated...tome is the story of an immigrant's son who over a career that spanned 40 years would change the appearance of the beloved 'City by the Bay.' Poletti's tribute...is a landmark unto itself." Mercury News, Dec., 2008

A thoroughly enjoyable monograph... unusually accessible text ... augmented with vivid new photographs from Tom Paiva --San Francisco Chronicle: (8/12/08)

Alley To Be Named For Famed Architect Pflueger, "Timothy Pflueger is the greatest architect in modern San Francisco history, said Supervisor Jake McGoldrick, in seconding the resolution brought by outgoing board President Aaron Peskin. To honor him is a wonderful thing to do. My only regret is I didn't think of it.For the record, the resolution was proposed by Therese Poletti. The author of this year's enjoyable monograph Art Deco San Francisco: The Architecture of Timothy Pflueger, Poletti notes proudly that Pflueger is the first local architect to get his own alleyway. It's an honor reserved, until now, for such artistic characters as Jack Kerouac, William Saroyan and Isadora Duncan." -- John King --San Francisco Chronicle: (December 30, 2008)

Colorful new photographs by Tom Paiva bear witness to how much of Pflueger's best work has survived, while the text by Therese Poletti moves with brisk ease, whether explaining a design's evolution or recounting how this native San Franciscan forged relationships with politicians and clients - giving them straightforward but ornamented buildings while striving to incorporate fresh styles, since he once observed, "if we were to satisfy ourselves with the copying of the works of former times, what progress or advancement would come?" Ultimately, Pflueger was a serious architect with a common touch. When he died of a heart attack outside his club in 1946 at the age of 54, architecture lost a practitioner who might have made Modernism accessible to the masses. --Architectural Record, January, 2009

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