Timothy L. Pflueger

American (San Francisco, California, 1892 - 1946, San Francisco, California)

Born and raised in San Francisco's Mission District, Timothy Pflueger became one of the region's most prominent architects working in the historic Beaux-Arts style. With no formal education in architecture, he worked his way up at the firm of Miller & Colmesnil, becoming a partner at age 33 (at which point the firm changed its name to J. R. Miller & T. L. Pflueger, Architects).

Together, Pflueger and Miller designed several architectural landmarks in San Francisco, including the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Building at 140 New Montgomery Street (1925) and the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange Building at 301 Pine Street (1930).

Pflueger was also known for his fanciful designs of motion-picture houses. He designed several of these in California, including the Alameda Theatre in Alameda (1932), a structure marked by a soaring art deco façade, and San Francisco's beloved Castro Theatre (1922), a theatre in the Colonial Revival style that is still in operation today.

Over time, his involvement in the city's development extended beyond strictly architectural endeavors to include consulting on projects such as the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge and plans for the Golden Gate International Exposition.


From June 3, 2013, through early 2016, SFMOMA's building on Third Street in San Francisco will be temporarily closed for expansion construction. Selected artworks in our collection are included in a range of off-site exhibitions during this period. We regret that the remainder of the collection will not be available for study during this time.

In the meantime, we invite you to explore a wide selection of our collection online. Please note that the information presented online is subject to revision. Please contact us at collections@sfmoma.org to verify artwork details.

This resource is for educational use and its contents may not be reproduced without permission. Please review our Terms of Use for more information.