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Edwin Joseph Symmes

Edwin Joseph Symmes, American architect. Awarded silver and bronze medals, Panama Pacific Exposition, 1915. member of board of managers Yosemite National Park Company, 1920-1923; member Alameda City Planning Commission, 1927; Member S. J. Council, State Chamber of Commerce.; Mason, Moose, Eagle.


  • Symmes, Edwin Joseph was born on February 14, 1883 in Livermore, California, United States. Son of Charles Henry and Sarah Elizabeth (Johnson) Symmes.

  • Education

    • Preparatory education, public schools, Livermore and Oakland, California, Oakland Evening High School. Student California School of Mech. Arts, San Francisco, 1 year.

      Bachelor of Science, University of California, 1909.


    • Began as draftsman, Bliss & Faville, architects, San Francisco, 1909. With William C. Hays, architect, 1912. In practice for self, since 1913.

      Supervising architect of concessions, Panama Pacific Exposition, 1913-1915. Moved to Bakersfield, California, 1927. Partner firm Symmes & Cullimore, 1927-1930.

      In practice alone, since 1930. Principal works: Glacier Point Hotel. Buildings at Neptune Beach Park and Fernside Park (both in Alameda, California).


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Member of board of managers Yosemite National Park Company, 1920-1923. Member Alameda City Planning Commission, 1927. Member S. J. Council, State Chamber of Commerce.

    Mason, Moose, Eagle.


    • Married Minnehaha Harris, July 9, 1913. Children: Robert Edward, Barbara Eleanor.
    • father: Charles Henry Symmes
    • mother: Sarah Elizabeth (Johnson) Symmes
    • spouse: Minnehaha Harris
    • children: Robert Edward Symmes
    • Barbara Eleanor Symmes
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    Born February 14, 1883
    Died September 10, 1935
    (aged 52)