Who was Willis Polk?
Willis Polk (October 3, 1867-September 10, 1924) was an American architect most well known for his work in San Francisco, California. He was born in Jacksonville, Illinois and was related to United States President James Polk.
Willis Polk's early career included work with McKim, Mead White, as well as Bernard Maybeck. Polk also worked with Daniel Burnham
in Chicago, and then moved to San Francisco to establish and direct
Burnham's San Francisco office. Before long, Polk started his own firm
and spent many years designing highly regarded California commercial
and residential architecture.
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