Howard Schroder, of Oakland, enjoys a well merited reputation as an able and popular architect, his work being
of a quality that has appealed to discriminating builders, and he now commands a large and representative clientele.
He was born in San Francisco, California, on the 14th of July, 1891, and is a son of John F. and Mary (Matthews)
Schroder, the former of whom was born in that city about 1857 and whose father was a native of Denmark. John F.
Schroder was reared and educated in his home city and later engaged in the brick manufacturing business, in which
he was successful. He and his wife are deceased.
Howard Schroder attended the public schools, graduating from high school, and then turned his attention to architecture,
which he studied privately. For a few years he was employed in architects' offices, but in 1923 he opened his own
office at 354 Hobart street, Oakland, and in the practice of his profession has met with distinctive success. During
the years 1923 and 1924 he made preliminary plans and estimates of the cost of new school building for the 1924
bond issue in Oakland. He has designed and planned a number of important public buildings, among which are the
Lowell high school building, the Elmhurst elementary school and other schools and the Builders Exchange building,
besides many wholesale and retail business blocks, in all of which he has shown an unusual aptitude for appropriate
design and well planned interiors.
Mr. Schroder was united in marriage to Miss Gertrude Devine, of Monterey, California, and they are the parents
of three children, Ralph, Jack and Donn, the two last named being twins. In his political alignment Mr. Schroder
is a republican and he is a member of the city examining board for building materials and is consulting architect
for the Lakeshore avenue business district. He is a member of Lakeshore Lodge No. 551, A. F. & A. M.; Oakland
Consistory, A. A. S. R., and Aahmes Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., and belongs also to the Society of Architects of
Alameda county. He has taken a deep interest in Boy Scout work and is now scout master of Piedmont troop No. 3.
A man of artistic temperament and sincerely devoted to his profession, his labors have been effective in their
results, and he is regarded as one of the most competent and reliable members of his profession in the East Bay
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928
Alameda County, CA
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