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Gunnar Ellam, American Architect, planner. Avocations: travel, painting, hiking, skiing. M C. Captain with United States Air Force, 1956-1959, Korea. Member American Institute of Architects, Estonian League West Coast (vice president since 1992), Estonian Society San Francisco (vice president 1986-1987, president 1988-1991).

Background

Ellam, Gunnar was born on July 25, 1929 in Tallinn, Estonia. Came to the United States, 1950. Son of Hanno and Erika (Siirak) Ellam.

Education

Bachelor in Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, 1955; Master of Arts in Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, 1963.

Career

Head. architectural department, Soule Steel Company, San Francisco, 1959-1963; chief architect, CSB Construction, Inc., Oakland, California, 1963-1983; principal, Gunnar Ellam Architect, Oakland, since 1983.

Achievements

  • Avocations: travel, painting, hiking, skiing. M C.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Principal works include Pacific Gas and Electric Company Offices, Merced, California (City of Merced architectural commendation award 1969), March Metalfab Company Facility, Hayward, California, 1971 (Hayward Chamber of Commerce 1st award for architectural design), Milne Trucking Company Facility, San Leandro, California, 1975 (City of San Leandro architectural design award), DiSalvo Trucking Company Facility, Oakland, 1969, South San Francisco, California, 1978 (award Architectural Record and Fleet Owner magazine), Centennial Bank Building, San Leandro, 1981 (City of San Leandro commercial development design award), Yellow Cab Office and Maintenance Facility, San Francisco (California Systems Builders Association 1st honor award 1987, Systems Builders Association national honor award 1988).

Membership

Captain with United States Air Force, 1956-1959, Korea. Member American Institute of Architects, Estonian League West Coast (vice president since 1992), Estonian Society San Francisco (vice president 1986-1987, president 1988-1991).

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Travel, painting, hiking, skiing.

Connections

Married Renate Sternberg, June 7, 1959 (divorced 1984). 1 child, Inger.

father:
Hanno Ellam

mother:
Erika (Siirak) Ellam

spouse:
Renate Sternberg

child:
Inger Ellam