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NOCA MODERN Architect Detail

Body of Work:
McGraw-Hill Distribution Center
Former IBM Cottle Road Campus
Candlestick Park

John Savage Bolles was born in Berkeley, California in 1905. The son of an established San Francisco architect, Edward Grosvenor Bolles, the junior Bolles obtained degrees in Civil Engineering (BSCE, University of Oklahoma, 1926) and Architecture (M Arch, Harvard University, 1932). After several years of travelling abroad and working primarily as an archeologist, John Bolles joined his father’s San Francisco-based practice in 1936. The two collaborated on a number of high profile projects including buildings for San Francisco’s Golden Gate International Exposition (1939-1940).

After Edward Bolles’ passing in 1939, John Bolles took over his father’s practice and managed it successfully through the tail end of the Depression. In the early 1950s, he formed a partnership with the architect Joseph Francis Ward. In 1954, John Bolles established his own practice, John S. Bolles Associates. San Jose’s IBM campus was one of the firm’s first commissions and one of John Bolles’ proudest personal achievements.

Throughout a career spanning over four decades, Bolles would contribute hundreds of buildings to the San Francisco Bay Area’s landscape. His diverse project portfolio includes: private residences, grocery stores, department stores, shopping centers, libraries, office buildings, motels, wineries and a sports stadium in San Francisco. Bolles retired from practice in 1978.

Body of Work includes:

IBM campus, San Jose (1958); Corte Madera Shopping Center , Corte Madera (1958); Paul Masson Champagne Cellars, Saratoga (1959); Candlestick Park, San Francisco (1960); General Motors Plant, Fremont (1963); McGraw-Hill Distribution Center, Novato (1964); Bayview /Anna E. Waden Public Library, San Francisco (1969)



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