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California Library Hall of Fame: William Henry Weeks
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William Henry Weeks (1864-1936)


Born in 1864 on Prince Edward Island, Canada, W. H. Weeks acquired his architectural skills as a young man at the Brinker Institute in Denver, CO.  In 1905, he opened an office in San Francisco, where his business flourished as a result of the 1906 earthquake. Weeks also gained prominence as the architect who designed the most Carnegie libraries built in California in the early 20th century. In particular, he had a talent for creating buildings for everyday people, welcoming folks from all walks of life. Utilizing an array of architectural styles, including Romanesque, Gothic, Classical Revival, and Arts and Crafts, Weeks made library users feel a part of something larger than life, while maintaining proportion and balance. Eighteen of his 22 California libraries remain standing. Six of these are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. For a complete list of California Carnegie libraries designed by W. H. Weeks, please see the “Carnegie Libraries of California” website <>.





W. H. Weeks was inducted into the California Library Hall of Fame in 2013. For more information about him please see: