Henry Doelger

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Henry Doelger
Born(1896-06-23)23 June 1896
Died23 July 1978(1978-07-23) (aged 82)
OccupationHousing Developer
Known forDoelger Homes
Home townSan Francisco
Spouse(s)Thelma Doelger

Henry Doelger (pronounced DOLE-jer) (June 23, 1896, San Francisco - July 23, 1978) was a San Francisco developer known for the creation of large low-cost housing tracts in San Francisco and Daly City.


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 and manifestation of urban sprawl. 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 July 23, 1978 at the age of 82.


  1. ^ "Doelger Building Landmark Designation Report" (PDF). San Francisco Planning Department. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 November 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2014.

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