Alfred Eichler Collection

Title

Alfred Eichler Collection

Date

1925-1962

Subject

Eichler, Alfred W., 1895-1977
Architects -- California
Architecture -- California

Description

The digitized architectural drawings and paintings presented are drawn from the Alfred Eichler Collection, within the Architecture Division of the Department of Public Works records housed at the California State Archives. Featured are public project designs created by Eichler from 1925 to 1962, such as San Quentin and Folsom Prisons, Sacramento’s Tower Bridge, state fairgrounds, Stockton and Napa state hospitals, School for the Deaf in Berkeley, state universities, Benicia State Capitol restoration, the Yountville Veterans Home, and others. Eichler utilized a variety of styles and art media to create these pieces. Each one is an example of the Golden State’s efforts to address the needs of a diverse and growing population through public projects.
Alfred William Eichler was born on August 7, 1895, in Shadyside, Missouri. The following year, his parents, Dr. Alfred Eichler Sr. and Laura Eichler, moved the family to San Francisco, where Alfred and his siblings grew up. When Alfred was around thirteen, he contracted spinal meningitis, leaving him deaf but not sidelined in his ambitions. Eichler attended St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco before studying at Columbia University and the Beaux Arts Institute of Design in New York. After a stint as a civilian architect for the U.S. Navy during World War I, he worked for private architectural firms in Washington D.C., New York, and San Francisco. In 1925, Eichler married Virginia Parks, the same year he was hired as a Senior Architectural Designer for the Division of Architecture of California’s Department of Public Works. Promoted to Supervisory Architect in 1949, Eichler oversaw the Design Section of the Division until his retirement on November 8, 1963. Upon retiring, Eichler had expressed his desire to travel abroad with his wife, but these plans were never realized, as, tragically, Virginia died the very next day. Eichler devoted much of his remaining years to his art, specifically sketching and painting scenes of historic California structures. He died in Sacramento on November 27, 1977.

Identifier

Collection ID# F3274

Contributor

Department of Public Works, Architecture Division, Design Section

Creator

Alfred Eichler, Supervisory Architect

Publisher

California State Archives, a division of the California Secretary of State's Office

Rights

There are no known copyright restrictions associated with these digital images. We encourage the use of these images for personal, research, and educational purposes. For the use of any of these materials, please credit “The California State Archives, Alfred Eichler Collection, Identification # F3274 (+sub number).” Commercial use or distribution of the images or content is not permitted without prior written permission from the California State Archives. The California State Archives cannot be responsible for any use of these images, or any liability resulting from their use. For more information related to this collection or to request permission to use the images or content, please contact the California State Archives at Archivesweb@sos.ca.gov, or (916) 653-2246.

Format

400 dpi JPEG

Language

English

Items in the Alfred Eichler Collection Collection

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Caption: "Blythe Inspection Station." Design and drawing of plant quarantine inspection station by Alfred Eichler. Built in 1939. Situated in desert country. Project for Department of Agriculture.

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Caption: "Quarantine Inspection Station, Blythe, California, State Department of Agriculture. Department of Public Works, Division of Architecture-Sacramento." Design and drawing by Alfred Eichler. Built in 1939. Situated in desert country. Project…

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Caption: "Inspection Station Blythe." Design and elevation drawing of plant quarantine inspection station by Alfred Eichler. Built in 1939. Situated in desert country. Project for Department of Agriculture.

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Caption: "Crescent City." Design and drawing of plant quarantine inspection station by Alfred Eichler. Built in 1936. Project for Department of Agriculture.

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Caption: "Border Station. Crescent City." Design and drawing of plant quarantine inspection station by Alfred Eichler. Built in 1936. Project for Department of Agriculture.

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Caption: "Border Station near Crescent City - Smith River. As built 1931." Design and color drawing of plant quarantine inspection by Alfred Eichler. Built in 1936. Project for Department of Agriculture.

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Caption: "Crescent City Border Station. Dept. of Agriculture." Sketch of plant quarantine inspection station. Design and drawing by Alfred Eichler. Built in 1936. Project for Department of Agriculture.

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Caption: "State of California - Department of Agriculture Border Inspection Station - Dorris." Design by Earl W. Hampton; drawing by Alfred Eichler. Built in 1936. Project for Department of Agriculture.

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Caption: "Border Station - Hornbrook." Color drawing of plant quarantine inspection station. Design and drawing by Alfred Eichler, c. 1931. Project for Department of Agriculture.

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Caption: " Border Station - Hornbrook." Design and sketch of plant quarantine inspection station by Alfred Eichler, c. 1931. Project for Department of Agriculture.

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Caption: "Front and Side Elevations." Design and drawing of Hornbrook border inspection station by Alfred Eichler, c. 1931. Project for Department of Agriculture.

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Caption: "Department of Agriculture - Plant Quarantine Inspection Station - Ft. Yuma. State Department of Public Works, Division of Architecture." Design and drawing by Alfred Eichler. Built in 1930. This was one of the first border stations and was…

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Caption: "Detail of Tower." Design and drawing by Alfred Eichler. Built in 1930. This was one of the first border stations and was situated in desert country; its purpose was to provide a stopping place for inspection of motor traffic coming into…

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Caption: "California Institution for Women. State Department of Public Works, Division of Architecture, Sacramento." Preliminary drawing of new women's prison in Tehachapi. Design and drawing in pen and ink by Alfred Eichler. Project for Department…

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Caption: "California Medical Facility, Vacaville." Painting on board; drawing created in two hours by Alfred Eichler for a newspaper.

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Caption: "East Elevation." Sketch of garage in colored pencil by Alfred Eichler. Project for Department of Corrections.

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Captions: "Northeast Elevation" and "Northwest Elev." Watercolor sketches by Alfred Eichler depicting elevations for preliminary design of dormitory, Folsom State Prison, c. 1933. From stamp on drawing: "Sketch, dormitory, Chinese & Negroe, Folsom…

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Caption: "Folsom." Drawing of Cell Block #3, Folsom State Prison, by Alfred Eichler. Built in 1934. Project for Department of Corrections.

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Caption: "Cell Block Folsom State Prison." Drawing of Cell Block #3, Folsom State Prison; design by Alfred Eichler. Project for Department of Corrections.

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Caption: "New Cell Block - Folsom State Prison. Division of Architecture, Sacramento." Preliminary drawing of Cell Block #3, Folsom State Prison; design by Alfred Eichler, April 5, 1934. Contains annotations. Project for Department of Corrections.