Reid & Reid

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Reid & Reid
Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, California
Practice information
Key architectsJames W. Reid
Merritt J. Reid
Watson Elkinah Reid
LocationSan Francisco
San Diego
Significant works and honors
BuildingsWillard Library
Hotel del Coronado
The Call Building
Fairmont San Francisco

Reid & Reid was an architectural and engineering firm of brothers, James W. Reid (1851–1943), Merritt J. Reid (1855–1932), and Watson Elkinah Reid (1858–1944) that began in Evansville, Indiana in 1879, and moved to San Francisco, California.[1]


In the late 19tth century, Canadian brothers James W. Reid and Merritt J. Reid, immigrated to Evansville, Indiana and worked at the architectural firm of Boy and Brickley.[1] In 1879, they purchased the contracts from Boy & Brickley, and opened Reid Brothers.[1] Their most notable work in Evansville is the Willard Library (1886).[1]

Around 1888, they moved to the West Coast and became the most prominent architects in San Francisco, California under the name Reid & Reid. Their younger brother, Watson Elkinah Reid worked with them for a short time.

Notable projects[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Western Neighborhoods Project. "The Reid Brothers". Outside Lands. Retrieved 2022-02-19.
  2. ^ "Speckes' Gift To The Park". The San Francisco Examiner. San Francisco, California. 25 Feb 1899. p. 7. Retrieved 2022-01-14.

Further reading[edit]

  • Cynthia Barwick Malinick, "The lives and works of the Reid brothers, architects 1852-1943". (M.A. thesis, University of San Diego, 1992)

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