Joseph Jacobberger

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Joseph Jacobberger
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Born(1869-03-19)March 19, 1869
DiedMarch 18, 1930(1930-03-18) (aged 60)
NationalityFrench, German
Alma materCreighton University
Spouse(s)Anna Lillis (1863 – 1908)
Catherine Lillis (1874 – 1912)
Rose Manassa (1879 – 1955)
ChildrenMary, Hubert, Francis, Vincent, Bertrand, Margaret
Parent(s)Hubert Jacobberger, Catherine Jacobberger (née Jacoberger)
PracticeJacobberger and Smith
BuildingsB.P. John Administrative Building
Calumet Hotel
Daniel J. Malarkey House
ProjectsEarly buildings and campus design at the University of Portland

Joseph Jacobberger (March 19, 1869 – March 18, 1930) was an American architect based in Portland, Oregon. He partnered with Alfred H. Smith in the firm Jacobberger and Smith.

Early life[edit]

Jacobberger was born in the 1860s to cousins Hubert Jacobberger and Josephine Jacobberger (née Kuony). Sources fail to agree on the year or even the decade of his birth. The Jacobbergers immigrated to the United States sometime after 1869 and before 1874.[1][2] The family moved to Omaha, Nebraska where Hubert Jacobberger became a building contractor. Joseph Jacobberger later attended Creighton University, graduating c1887.[1][3]

He worked briefly in Minneapolis then worked with A.R. Saunders in Tacoma prior to settling in Portland in 1890.[4] In Portland, Jacobberger began as a draftsman in the firm Whidden & Lewis.[1]


Jacobberger left Portland in the 1890s and worked with Frank Chamberlain Clark in the Los Angeles offices of Frank Roehrig.[5] He returned to Portland in 1900 and began to build his own practice.

An early contract was the campus design at the University of Portland, known in 1901 as Columbia University.[3] Jacobberger began an association with the Catholic Archdiocese of Portland that resulted in several design projects, although during his first decade as an independent architect in Portland, Jacobberger preferred residential designs and small commercial projects.[4]

In 1912 Jacobberger formed a partnership with Alfred H. Smith that would continue until 1930. The firm Jacobberger and Smith was responsible for many buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[6]


Jacobberger suffered a heart attack in 1930. While recovering, he had another attack and died one day before his 61st birthday.[2]


A partial list of Jacobberger's and the firm's works include (with individual or joint attribution):


  1. ^ a b c Michelson, Alan. "Jacobberger, Joseph". Pacific Coast Architecture Database. University of Washington. Archived from the original on January 29, 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Jacobberger's obituary in The Oregonian stated that he was 62 years old at his death in 1930 and that his family immigrated when he was two years old. Another view is that his family immigrated in 1871 after the Franco-Prussian War, and he died one day before his sixty-first birthday. However, the obituary contains other information that is undisputed. "Josef Jacobberger, Prominent Pioneer Architect, Dies Here". The Oregonian. Portland. March 19, 1930. p. 1.
  3. ^ a b Demuth, Kimberly (1993). "Malarkey, Daniel J., House". National Register of Historic Places Registration Form. National Park Service. Archived from the original (pdf) on January 28, 2015. Retrieved February 5, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Ritz, Richard Ellison (2003). Architects of Oregon. Portland: Lair Hill. p. 206. ISBN 978-0972620024.
  5. ^ "Frank Chamberlain Clark". Living Places. The Gombach Group. Archived from the original on January 29, 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  7. ^ Gimpl, Sr. Caroline, S.N.J.M. et al. St. Mary Parish Centennial: St. Mary Catholic Church 1887-1987. Express Press Printing and Graphics, Eugene, Oregon, 1987. p. 17.