Herman C Baumann (1890-1960)
Herman C. Baumann started his architectural practice in 1905 in San Francisco. A prolific architect, Baumann constructed over 500 apartment buildings in a five year span including the 22-story Bellaire Apartments, Oakland's Bellevue-Staten Apartment Building, and other multi-story buildings. He also designed hotels and commercial buildings in San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento. During World War II he designed and built numerous naval facilities around the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Hermann C. Baumann collection consists entirely of architectural drawings primarily related to San Francisco apartment buildings designed from 1924-1937. Many of the projects were designed in conjunction with engineer Edward Jose under the firm name Baumann & Jose.