Alfred Eichler Collection
Owning Institution: California State Archives
About this CollectionLike many state architects, Alfred Eichler’s name is not widely known, yet the public structures he designed in his nearly four decades in the Architecture Division of the California Department of Public Works reflect the everyday lives of many Californians – schools, hospitals, office buildings, prisons, border inspection stations, bridges, historic restoration projects, and state parks and fairgrounds. The Alfred Eichler Collection (Identification # F3274) contains 431 images, comprising architectural drawings, sketches, and watercolor paintings Eichler created from 1925-1962. Among the designs and drawings are public projects including San Quentin and Folsom Prisons, Sacramento’s Tower Bridge, state fairgrounds, Stockton and Napa state hospitals, the School for the Deaf in Berkeley, state universities and office buildings, the Benicia State Capitol restoration, the Yountville Veterans Home, and others. In addition to his architectural skills, Eichler was an accomplished artist who 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.
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