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California Beat Hero: Timothy Ludwig Pflueger

By California Beat February 3, 2009 No Comments Print Share


Timothy Ludwig Pflueger

September 26, 1892 – November 20, 1946


San Francisco native Pflueger is, in my opinion, one of the most forgotten architects of California. Many people probably don’t know his name but they do know some of the projects he has been involved with. Because of this, he has earned a place as a California Beat hero.

dscf0072Among his numerous achievements were buildings such as the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, the Top of the Mark lounge at the Mark Hopkins Hotel, and the I. Magnin building (now occupied by Macy’s) in Union Square. Also he designed some of the buildings for the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939-1940 and was chairman of the committee of architects who supervised the construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

However of all of his projects, the one that can be said to be his most well known is San Francisco’s Castro Theatre. Built in 1922, the neon sign of the Castro Theatre today is possibly the most recognizable building in the Castro District.

Timothy Pflueger’s career came to a sudden end in November 1946 when he suffered at fatal heart attack at the age of fifty-four. Today he rests in the Pflueger family plot at Colma’s Cypress Lawn Memorial Park.

— Roy Morlidge

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