Henry Doelger

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Henry Doelger (pronounced DOLE-jer) (1896, San Francisco - 1978) was a San Francisco developer known for the creation of large low-cost housing tracts in San Francisco and Daly City.

Biography[edit]

Doelger was born behind his parents' bakery in San Francisco. After his father's death when he was 12 years old, Doelger left school in the 8th grade in order to help support his family. Henry Doelger went into business with his two brothers Frank and John Jr, eventually becoming a major real estate developer in San Francisco.

During the 1940s, Doelger built large sections of San Francisco’s Sunset District, in the same part of the city where he had set up his headquarters since the 1930s. The 1932 art deco "Doelger Building" on Judah Street was designated in 2013 as an official landmark by the City of San Francisco.[1] In 1947, Doelger and his associates started building what is now known as the Westlake district in Daly City. This is one of the earliest examples of a large-tract suburb. Life Magazine featured photographs of the numerous rows of houses in the 1950s, which were immortalized in the song Little Boxes.

Henry Doelger died in 1978 at the age of 82.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Doelger Building Landmark Designation Report". San Francisco Planning Department. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 

Books and articles[edit]

  • Brechin, Gray. (1990). "Mr. Levitt of the Sunset". San Francisco Focus, June 23, 1990.
  • Keil, Rob. (2006). Little Boxes: The Architecture of a Classic Midcentury Suburb. Daly City, CA: Advection Media. ISBN 0-9779236-4-9.

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