As I was cranking out those hedcut stipple portraits for the Wall Street Journal during the day, I was also freelancing for the Reader’s Digest. This is another portrait drawing in the series of famous architects I produced for them. This time, Bernard Maybeck is our subject. Here, a couple of paragraphs from wikipedia describing this architectural luminary:
“Maybeck was born in New York City, the son of a German immigrant and studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, France. He moved to Berkeley, California in 1892. He became a professor of engineering drawing at University of California, Berkeley and acted as a mentor for an entire generation of other California architects, including Julia Morganand William Wurster. In 1951, he was awarded the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects.
Maybeck was equally comfortable producing work in the Mission style and Mission Revival style, Gothic revival, Arts and Crafts style, and Beaux-Arts classicism, believing that each architectural problem required development of an entirely new solution. While working in the office of A. Page Brown in San Francisco, Maybeck probably contributed to the Mission Style California Building at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago and the first Mission Style chair, designed for the San Francisco Swedenborgian Church.
Many of Maybeck’s buildings still stand in his long-time home city of Berkeley. The 1910 First Church of Christ, Scientist is designated a National Historic Landmark and is considered one of Maybeck’s finest works.”
Here is the portrait of the architect close up…