Henry Gutterson

Henry Higby Gutterson (1884-1954)

Henry Higby Gutterson was born in 1884 in Minnesota. He graduated from Berkeley High School in 1903, and from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Architecture in 1905. He attended L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France from 1906 to 1909. After a brief stay in New York working for Grosvenor Atterbury, Gutterson returned to California in 1910. He worked in the Daniel Burnham office in San Francisco with Willis Polk on the San Francisco plan. In 1911 he married Helen Arnett.

The beginning of Gutterson's career was spent working for John Galen Howard on the design staff for the Panama-Pacific Exposition of 1915. He also worked for the Oakland city architect's staff before opening his own private practice in 1916. Gutterson's major projects include houses in St. Francis Woods, where he was supervising architect, and other residential developments in San Francisco and the East Bay. He designed houses in the Berkeley Hills, including homes on Rose Walk. Non-residential designs include the school building for the First Church of Christ, Scientist (Berkeley), the Second Church of Christ Scientist (on Spruce Street in Berkeley) and Old Jefferson School (also in Berkeley). He worked with Bernard Maybeck on several projects, including churches and the Principia College Library (Illinois).

Gutterson taught briefly at the University of California from 1910 to 1911, and from 1920 to 1921. He was active in civic planning, and was a member of the Berkeley Planning Commission and the co-founder and president of the Berkeley Planning and Housing Association. From 1927 to 1930, he served as president of the Sierra Nevada chapter of the A.I.A. In 1946 Gutterson received an award from the A.I.A. for his pioneering work in the unification of the profession.

Gutterson drawing, Rose Walk residences
Henry Gutterson residence
Gutterson residence drawing
Rose Walk residences
Rose Walk cottages
Rose Walk cottages


Henry Gutterson Collection, (1956-2), Environmental Design Archives.
College of Environmental Design. University of California, Berkeley, California

Robert Winter. Toward a Simpler Way of Life, The Arts & Crafts Architects of California"  University of California Press. 1997

Last updated 09-25-2001

Hosting by WebRing.