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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.


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).


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.

Charles Henry Symmes

Sarah Elizabeth (Johnson) Symmes

Minnehaha Harris

Robert Edward Symmes

Barbara Eleanor Symmes