Watkin, Rebecca Wood, Architectural Collection

A Guide to the Rebecca Wood Watkin Architectural Collection, 1940-1989; 2011 Ms.1995.009


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Sherrie A. Bowser

Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.1995.009
Title
Rebecca Wood Watkin Architectural Drawings,1940-1989, 2011
URL:
http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaxtf/view?docId=vt/viblbv00540.xml
Quantity
6.6 Cubic Feet, 2 boxes; 14 oversize folders
Creator
Watkin, Rebecca Wood, 1913-2010
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.
Abstract
Rebecca Wood Watkin was born in 1913 in Portland, Oregon. She earned a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College in 1933, and a B. Arch. from the Architecture School of the University of Pennsylvania. She returned to the west coast, and worked in other architects' offices during the 1930s and 1940s. She earned her California Architectural license in 1944 and opened her own practice in 1951. The papers consist of architectural drawings of remodelings, alterations, additions, and new designs of buildings, mostly residences, that Watkin worked on from 1940 to 1989.

Administrative Information

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Rebecca Wood Watkin Architectural Collection, Ms1995-009, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated by Rebecca Wood Watkin in April 1995 with the aid of Inge S. Horton of San Francisco, California. Additions to the collection were received in August 2002 and March 2011.

Processing Information

Processing of the collection was completed by J. Harlow, Student Assistant, under the supervision of L.K. Smith, Manuscripts Curator, in 1995; and by Jessica Caruthers, Student Assistant, under the supervision of Catherine G. OBrion, Manuscripts Archivist, in October 2002. The 2011 addition was processed by Kathryn Shackelford, Graduate Assistant.


Biographical Note

Rebecca Wood Watkin was born in 1913 in Portland, Oregon. She earned a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College in 1933, and a B. Arch. from the Architecture School of the University of Pennsylvania. She returned to the west coast, and worked in other architects' offices during the 1930s and 1940s. She earned her California Architectural license in 1944 and opened her own practice in 1951. She collaborated with architect Fred Coolidge from 1953 to 1970, and then practiced from her own office in Sausalito, California, from 1972 to 1989. She served on the Marin County Planning Commission from 1954 to 1958. She continued to design until her retirement in 1990.

Watkin married Joseph Esherick in 1938; they divorced in 1951. She married Harold Watkin in 1958; he died in 1981. She has three children. Her avocational activities include involvement in Democratic Party political campaigns on all levels of government and work with the Ecumenical Association for Housing in Marin County, California.

Watkin passed away on December 19, 2010, at the age of 97, in La Jolla, CA.

Scope and Contents

The papers consist of architectural drawings of remodelings, alterations, additions, and new designs of buildings, mostly residences, that Watkin worked on from 1940 to 1989. The locations, unless otherwise noted, are all in northern California.

Also in the collection are photographs of three projects: the Watkin residence in Kentfield, California; the Creek Apartments in San Anselmo, Marin County, California; and the Watkin residence in Placer County, California; and a 1956 article in Progressive Architecture on the Watkin residence in Kentfield.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Architects
  • Architectural drawing -- 20th century
  • Architectural drawings (visual works)
  • International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA)
  • Women -- History
  • Women-owned architectural firms

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Rebecca Wood Watkin Architectural Collection by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Container List

Personal Papers,
2011
  • box 2 folder: 7
    Obituary,
    2011
Project Records,
1940-1989
Arrangement

Project/Client Name/description (location, date) [Format - Ms=Manuscripts, Dr=Drawings, Ph=Photographs, PB=Presentation Boards]

  • oversize folder: 1
    Arequipa Sanitorium/addition (Fairfax, CA, 1950) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 5
    Bisceglia, Francois/Village Fair (Sausalito, CA, 1966) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 9
    Brumbaugh, Mr. and Mrs. Richard/alterations + additions to residence (Kentfield, CA, 1978) [Dr]
  • box 1 folder: 10-11oversize folder: 3
    Creek Garden Apartments/Watkin and Sibbald (San Anselmo, CA, 1964) [Dr,Ph, PB]
  • oversize folder: 2
    Degenhardt, Mr. and Mrs./alterations + additions to residence (Ross, CA, 1959) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 9
    Denman, Mr. and Mrs. D.S. /residence (Kentfield, CA, 1975-1977) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 10
    Denman, Mr. and Mrs. D.S./alterations + additions to residence (Larkspur, CA, 1979) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 6
    Ecumenical Association for Housing/Anisa Turner House (Santa Vanetia, CA, 1971) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 9
    Ecumenical Association for Housing/various proposals for housing in different locations and years (Pole House in Fairfax; Apartments for Elderly, Christ Presbyterian Church, Terra Linda; Mixed income housing on McLeran Property) (Terra Linda, Larkspur, San Anselmo, CA, 1975) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 4
    Elderidge, Mr. and Mrs. Donald F./mountain residence (Donner Lake, CA, 1966) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 11
    Engel, Mr. and Mrs. A.R.A./addition to residence (Greenbrae, CA, 1983) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 2
    Erickson, Dr. Ralph/office and apartment (Larkspur, CA, 1952) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 5
    Erickson, Mr. and Mrs. Roger/addition to residence (San Anselmo, CA, 1966) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 1oversize folder: 2
    Escherick, Joseph and Rebecca/residence (Ross, CA, 1940) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 1oversize folder: 2
    Escherick, Joseph and Rebecca/residence (Kentfield, CA, 1949-1951) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 12
    Esherick, Mr. and Mrs. Peter/alterations + additions to residence (Albquerque, NM, 1985) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 2
    Ganter Jr., John/alterations to residence (Mill Valley, CA, 1957) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 5
    Ganter, Mrs. Florence/alterations to residence (San Francisco , CA, 1969) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 8
    Gatov, Mr. and Mrs. Albert/addition to residence (Kentfield, CA, 1972) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 10
    Griffin, Dr. and Mrs./Griffin Ski House (Placer County, CA, 1979) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 13
    H.B. Watkin Trust property/alterations to property (San Anselmo, CA, 1988) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 6
    Hawkins, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie/addition to residence (Cotati, CA, 1971) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 2
    Hewlitt, Mr. and Mrs./residence (1954) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 14
    Howell, Lillian/alterations to residence (Greenbrae, CA, n.d.) [ Dr]
  • oversize folder: 11
    Howley, Mr. and Mrs. John/alterations + additions to residence (Healdsburg, CA, 1981) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 10
    Larry Livingston & Associates /remodeling of Office (Sausalito, CA, 1981) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 12
    Leones, Mr. and Mrs. John/addition to residence (Kentfield, CA, 1986) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 6
    Lewis , Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur/alterations to residence (Larkspur, CA, 1970) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 7
    Littman, Allan N./addition to property (Tiburon, CA, 1972) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 4
    Littman, Mr. and Mrs. Allan/mountain residence (Alpine Meadows, CA, 1965) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 5
    Littman, Mr. and Mrs. Allan/light fixture detail (Alpine Meadows, CA, 1968) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 10
    MacDonald, Mr. and Mrs. Murray/residence (not built) (Ross, CA, 1980) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 14
    Marin Fellowship of Unitarians /alteration [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 6
    Matthews, Mr. and Mrs. Harry/alterations to residence (Tiburon, CA, 1971-1979 ) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 3
    Meyer, Mr.. and Mrs. Norton/residence (Sausalito, CA, 1964) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 10
    Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony/alterations + additions to residence (Kentfield, CA, 1980) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 2
    Moore, Mr. and Mrs. Thaddeus/alterations + additions to residence (Mill Valley, CA, n.d.) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 5
    Odgers, Mr. and Mrs. Richard /alterations + additions to residence (Mill Valley, CA, 1969) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 10
    Office of National Emergency Services/39 Main Street (Tiburon, CA, 1979) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 9
    Reynolds, Mr. and Mrs. Joel/alterations to residence (not built) (Petaluma, CA, 1975) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 4
    Royson, Mr. and Mrs. Robert; and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Watkin/mountain cabin (Alpine Meadows, CA, 1965) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 2
    S.P. Presbyterian Orphanage/alteration of Sunnyhill Infirmary (San Anselmo, CA, 1950) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 10
    San Francisco Foundation/Marconi property feasibility study (Marshall, CA, 1981) [Dr] 35|10| 10
  • oversize folder: 12
    San Franscisco Girl Scout Council/Bothin Youth Center Camp Facility (Fairfax, CA, 1986-1987) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 3
    Sausalito Yacht Club/service building and addition to yacht sales building (Sausalito, CA, 1963) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 10
    Scales, Mr. and Mrs. Garrett P./alterations + additions to residence (Ross, CA, 1980) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 14
    Sheridan Antique Shop/alterations + additions to building (Sausalito, CA) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 3
    Smith, Mrs. Elizabeth/residence (Kentfield, CA, 1962) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 8
    Spiller, Dr. and Mrs. E.B./alterations + additions to residence (Kentfield, CA, 1973) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 8
    Spiller, Dr. and Mrs. E.B., Duck Club additions (Grizzly Island, CA, 1973) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 11
    Spiller, Dr. and Mrs. E.B./Spiller Greenhouse (Kentfield, CA, 1982) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 4
    Sprang, Mr. and Mrs. R.W./addition to residence (Mill Valley, CA, 1965) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 3
    Stephenson, Mr. and Mrs. R.L./residence (Ross, CA, 1953) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 1
    Synanon Foundation Inc./Cliff House (Marin City, CA) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 9
    T&M Office Building/alterations to building (St. Helena, CA, 1977) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 6
    Tellone, Mr. and Mrs. E.S./alterations to residence (Woodside, CA,1971) [Dr]
  • box 1 folder: 1-8
    Thorner Residence/residence (Kentfield, CA) [Ph]
  • oversize folder: 13
    Thorner, Mr. and Mrs. Thos/alterations to residence (Kentfield, CA, 1989) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 9
    Thorner, Mr. and Mrs. Tom/alterations to residence (Kentfield, CA, 1975) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 13
    True, Mr. and Mrs. John /alterations to residence (Kentfield, CA, 1987-1988) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 8
    Vaughan, Nicholas/addition to residence (Sonoma, CA, 1973) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 8
    Vaughan, Mrs. L.H./alterations to residence (Point Richmond, CA, 1974) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 11
    Volger, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis/carport for Vogler residence (Belvedere, CA , 1983) [Dr]
  • box 1 folder: 9
    Watkin Residence/residence (Kentfield, CA, 1956) [Ms]
  • box 1 folder: 12-15box 2 folder: 1-6
    Watkin Residence/residence (Placer County, CA, 1965-1967 ) [Ph]
  • oversize folder: 11
    Watkin, Harold B./development plan for Cotati property (not built) (Cotati, CA, 1981) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 7
    Watkin, Mr. and Mrs./Watkin Cabins (Camp Sherman, OR, 1972) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 5
    Westberg, Mr. and Mrs. Robert/alterations to residence (Mill Valley, CA, 1969) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 13
    Westberg, Mr. and Mrs. Robert/alterations to residence (Belvedere, CA , 1987) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 8
    Weston, Mr. and Mrs. John/alterations + additions to residence (San Anselmo, CA, 1973) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 8
    Weston, John and Ann, deck and pergola (Belvedere, CA) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 3
    Wiper, Thomas/apartments (Sausalito, CA, 1963) [Dr]
  • oversize folder: 1
    Wood Residence, Mr. and Mrs. Erksine/residence (Vancouver, WA, 1940) [Dr]